Pub festival raises £920

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A POPULAR town centre pub has raised hundreds of pounds for a vital community transport service used by pensioners, schoolchildren and people with disabilities.

The Brewery Tap in East Street, Sudbury, raised £920 by selling raffle tickets to customers during a three-day beer festival recently.

Half the money, £460, will now be presented to community transport service Go START, which was launched at the beginning of the year.

Landlady Donna Bojko said: “Every year, we collect money for local good causes during the festival.

“Go START helps so many people within the community and that’s why we decided to support it.

“I would like to thank everybody who attended the festival and donated so generously.”

The aim of Go START is to provide a transport service to those who, for reasons including age, poor health or living in isolation, find they are restricted in their desire to lead a normal life.

Its buses provide access to doctor’s surgeries, shops and leisure facilities, as well as transport services for schools and charitable organisations.

Sudbury Town Council, Suffolk ACRE, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and even crime writer Ruth Rendell have backed the initiative – and negotiations for funding are ongoing with both Babergh District Council and Suffolk County Council.

Group founder John Phillips said: “We are delighted the Brewery Tap has supported us in this way and this is just another example of the community pulling together to help this vital service.”

The rest of the money raised by the pub will be donated to other good causes.

Anyone who can help or wants to support Go START should contact John Phillips on 01787 310840 or 07718 736366.