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Cycle of fundraising begins in the pub

THE owners of 17 pubs in Northampton including Brampton Halt, Thomas ‘A’ Becket and The Red Lion, has pledged to raise £50,000 for charity in its 50th year of business.

The family-run McManus Pub Company started in March 1970 with the Thomas ‘A’ Becket public house in St James, before investing into more pubs across the town and beyond.

To mark their 50th year, staff and customers will take part in a series of fundraising events in 2020 starting with a 50km bike ride.

Proceeds will be split between three local charities, Mighty Magnus, BacZac and Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

The bike challenge, in association with Northampton Saints Foundation started in January at Virgin Active Riverside, who are kindly donating the use of the bikes. The bikes were moved around 16 McManus pubs over 16 consecutive days finishing at the Northampton Saints ground prior to the London Irish match on 24 January.

Each pair of riders (five pairs per event), consisting of staff and customers alongside charity and Northampton Saints representatives, covered the gruelling 50km between them on static bikes in each venue.

Gary McManus, who took over the McManus family business in 1989, said: “Celebrating 50 years in business is huge for us, so we wanted to do something special to mark this momentous occasion. It seemed quite fitting to try to raise £50,000 in our 50th year to support these dedicated and wonderful charities that do some fantastic work in our town.

“I’m immensely proud of everything we’ve achieved as a family within the pub trade. We’re very fortunate to have staff who truly care about what they do, and I think this is obvious by the first-class service and dedication they provide across our venues.

In addition to the bike challenge, the McManus Pub company will also be holding a charity ball in July at Franklins Gardens and a charitable golf day at Northamptonshire County Golf Club in September along with fundraising events across their sites throughout the year. The grand total will be unveiled at a glittering ceremony next January, where supporters, customers and staff will be invited along to celebrate their efforts.

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