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Fundraising at The Bedford

The team from a Rock Ferry pub, The Bedford, also known locally as Luke’s, have been on a fundraising mission across 2022 and into 2023, with a calendar of fundraising events and challenges.

The Bedford Lukes supporters

The team kicked off the fundraising in early 2022 with a LFC Speaker’s Evening featuring LFC Legend Phil Thompson, organised alongside friend of the pub and long time patron Dave Grice. Tickets sold out for the popular event, which raised £1,610.

Not content on stopping there, Pub Manager, Stephen Davies, rallied his staff and patrons to get involved and raise as much as possible for local cancer research.

Customer and friend of The Bedford, Chris Bedford, took on a belated Santa Dash in April 2022 after a head injury a few years earlier delayed his planned fundraising.

Inspired by Chris’ physical challenge, Danielle Taylor, Becky Robinson and Luke Saddington took on the Charity’s own Cycle of Hope in June 2022, cycling 60km around Lancashire and Merseyside countryside, raising in excess of £200.

After a successful Cycle, the sky was the limit for a team of twelve including customers and staff, who soared to 15,000ft for their own skydive in October 2022. The daredevil team raised over £7,000 with their fearless fundraiser.

Rounding off the year full circle, The Bedford hosted another LFC Speaker’s Evening in March 2023, this time with LFC Legend Jan Molby and comedian Jedd Stone, bringing the overall fundraising total to over £10,000.

Stephen Davies, Pub Manager, said: “As a local, family-run community pub it’s always been important to us to give back to the community and charity in particular.

“North West Cancer Research is the ideal charity for us, as the Charity was founded locally and we know that cancer rates are higher in our area. We have had several customers and staff affected by cancer in the last few years so it’s a cause close to all our hearts and we feel so fortunate to be able to help out.

“The fundraising activities have been fantastic and we are grateful to North West Cancer Research to have enabled us to take part in so many great events. The common goal of supporting the charity has brought us all closer as a community.”