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9. Volunteers
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6.Many Themes
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7. Charity Teeshirts and token station
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Successful Fundraising Weekend Marks the 10th Anniversary of The pub!

Benefitting The Alzheimer’s Society and Somerset Mind

We recently celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a Fundraising Weekend from Friday, September 8th, to Sunday, September 10th, in support of The Alzheimer’s Society and Somerset Mind.

Pub owner David Grindley reflected on the event, saying, "We wanted to do something special for our 10th Anniversary, with a light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek approach. In 2018, we declared ourselves an INNdependent RePUBlic State for a weekend to raise funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice. Given that it was our 10th Anniversary, we revisited this theme, incorporating elements from past anniversary events. The weekend was a lively celebration featuring music, a beer festival, with bands performing and a wide array of activities and entertainment to cater to everyone's tastes. It was a lot of fun, and we successfully raised funds for The Alzheimer’s Society and Somerset Mind, both do exceptional work for those affected by Alzheimer’s or mental health issues." 

The local community played a pivotal role in organizing the event, constructing a passport control point, volunteering behind the bar, and managing the beer ticket desk. Commemorative t-shirts featuring the RePUBlic of Cross Keys design are still available for sale, with all proceeds directed toward the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Cross Keys Inn extends its heartfelt gratitude to all who participated and contributed to the success of this meaningful event. The fundraising weekend not only marked a decade of the Cross Key's presence but also exemplified the power of community spirit and support for important causes.

Total funds raised to date were £3600 for Somerset Mind and £6000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Tee shirt sales in the pub will continue throughout the next year to help raise more for the charities involved.

Since opening the pub in 2013 this brings the total funds raised for Charity including the 10th Anniversary (bearing in Mind it was effected for two years over Covid) to £29000.

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