The landlord and a few of the regulars at The Village Inn in Longframlington, Northumberland chose CLIC Sargent as its charity of the year at the start of 2015 and set themselves the challenge of raising £10,000.
Their fundraising took on new momentum when the pub's 21-year-old barmaid Becky Cole was diagnosed with cancer just a week later.
Becky is now being supported by CLIC Sargent, and ‘Team Becky’ is calling for the local community to help them achieve their fundraising target.
Staff and customers are holding a series of fundraising events and challenges to raise money, including a gruelling triathlon that will see them climb Ben Nevis before canoeing 97K up the Caledonian Canal and cycling 117K back to the start, all within 48 hours, as well as a series of special events at the pub.
Becky, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January, said: “When I went to see my boss to let him know, he came bouncing up and showed me these posters he’d got done for a fundraising event for CLIC Sargent.
“He said it was a charity that helped children and young people with cancer and I just said, 'I’ve got something to tell you'. It was a strange coincidence, really weird.”
How CLIC Sargent helped
Becky added: “CLIC Sargent let me know about the financial support available to help me cope with the extra costs of cancer.
“I could see a light at the end of the tunnel and felt much better about everything.”