Echoes Foundation charity is donated pub
CHARITY volunteers have been toasting their success after being given a pub.
The Echoes Foundation is celebrating the donation of the Wassand Arms in west Hull.
It was given to them by landlady Sue Perkins and all money made at the pub will go to the charity.
On Thursday, a celebration evening was held for volunteers and families the foundation helps and a ribbon was cut by MP Alan Johnson.
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Charity founder Claire Stockton said: "The turnout for the opening was amazing and we will be open all this weekend to the public.
"We're hoping the pub will be able to bring in a few thousand pounds a month to help keep the charity going.
"It has been a real struggle lately and I think this year will be hard for charities, so the pub will hopefully be a really big boost.
"It is a lovely community pub with a wonderful atmosphere so we're hoping to get some regulars."
The Wassand Arms in Wassand Street will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Today, three local acts – Kompass, We Watch Monster Movies and Half Deaf Clatch – will be performing at the venue.
Tomorrow, entertainer Johnny Allo will be performing hits from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s with some special guests.
There will only be one paid member of staff on site – the bar manager – while the rest of the pint pullers will be volunteers.
Claire said: "We're really excited about the venture – we just hope the novelty doesn't wear off. We really want to encourage people to keep coming and keep supporting us."
The Echoes Foundation supports more than 250 families in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
The charity helps children with special needs and was inspired by Claire's son Finley, 6, who has an undiagnosed brain disorder.
To donate text Love44 and an amount to 70070, for example, Love44 £5. The minimum donation is £1.
Visit www.echoesfoundation. co.uk for more details about the work of the charity.
Anyone wishing to donate alcohol, or volunteer at the pub can also call Claire on 07944 989389.