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Pubs bottle of cheer for hospice kids

PUBLISHED: 16:01 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

CHILDREN at Ipswich Hospital are gearing up for a visit from Santa Claus this Christmas - thanks to an Ipswich pub.

Staff and customers at the Three Jolly Sailors, in Handford Road, collected £300 in a bottle on the bar over the year, and landlord Keith Bell used the money to buy selection boxes for the children.

CHILDREN at Ipswich Hospital are gearing up for a visit from Santa Claus this Christmas - thanks to an Ipswich pub.

Staff and customers at the Three Jolly Sailors, in Handford Road, collected £300 in a bottle on the bar over the year, and landlord Keith Bell used the money to buy selection boxes for the children.

Mr Bell has also arranged for Santa to visit the children tomorrow and for a magician to entertain the children.

"We were very surprised to find that we had raised over £300 and we thought long and hard about what we could do with the money," said Mr Bell.

"Christmas is all about children and so we thought that we would do something special for those children who will be in hospital running up to Christmas or over the Christmas period itself."

Jackie Harrop, paediatric manager at the Trust said: "This is a great gesture by the pub and all of the children will I'm sure have a lovely time. I would like to say a big thank you to Keith and everyone involved - we are all really looking forward to a good day.

"A large number of Pubmaster's pubs are right at the heart of their local communities," said Pubmaster regional manager Ian Stott.

"This is a really great idea and I'm sure that everyone will have a great time."


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