Jo-ann Salaita, who works at the East Brighton pub, succeeded in getting the whole community to donate to the good cause by putting on a cake sale, tombola, raffle and a charity wax over the course of a month.
And on Friday 8th February, she revealed the cheque for £1229.55 to the pub’s “Friday Friends” group to show them the impact their efforts had made in helping her reach the sum. The Friday Friends are members of a weekly lunch club, where up to 60 older residents from Moulsecoomb and Bevendean enjoy a meal, bingo and a chance to socialise. Members of the group bought raffle tickets every week throughout the duration of the fundraising – all of which added up and had a great impact on the final amount.
Jo-ann said “without all the community pulling together we wouldn’t have been able to do it – it was them who definitely made it happen”.
And Jonathan Woolven, treasurer of the Friday Friends said “It was a real community effort – lots of the local builders and businesspeople offered their services as prizes in the raffle – gardening, DIY, and one person even offered to do the ironing for the weekend. There’s a big heart in Moulsecoomb, everyone comes together when they need to”.
The charity waxing event was a particular highlight of the fundraiser. Jo-ann, who works as a beautician as well as behind the bar at The Bevy, said of the waxing “it was a brilliant turn out on the day – we raised over £200 in donations just from waxing the pub manager’s chest!”
The Bevy is the UK’s first co-operative pub on a housing estate and provides an important meeting space for local people. Under the slogan “More than just a pub” The Bevy committee is proud of the positive impact the pub makes to those who live nearby – last year it played host to over 70 community groups and events. The Friday Friends started as a lunch club for 9 people in 2016 and now has around 60 members on the books – older people who might otherwise be isolated and alone.
For more information: https://www.thebevy.co.uk/