Pub celebrates after raising £200,000 for Martin House

John Nelson  right owner  of the Coach and Horses, West Park Stray, Harrogate and Alsion Wragg of Martin House toast the success of the pub crossing the �200,000 barrier in their fund rasing,alsio pictured from left, are Sean Franklin of Rooster Knaresborough, Eric Lucas of Daleside, Starbeck and Gordon Atlinson of Elite Meat who supply prizes to the weekly raffle which raises about �500 each week for the hospice'sat 23 april 2010
John Nelson right owner of the Coach and Horses, West Park Stray, Harrogate and Alsion Wragg of Martin House toast the success of the pub crossing the �200,000 barrier in their fund rasing,alsio pictured from left, are Sean Franklin of Rooster Knaresborough, Eric Lucas of Daleside, Starbeck and Gordon Atlinson of Elite Meat who supply prizes to the weekly raffle which raises about �500 each week for the hospice'sat 23 april 2010

A HARROGATE pub had an extra special reason to celebrate on St George’s Day, after passing the £200,000 mark in its fundraising for children’s hospice Martin House.

The Coach and Horses, at West Park, held a special event for staff, customers and suppliers to mark the milestone.

It has raised the money through a weekly raffle, along with a pie and peas night, a regular quiz and a wide selection of popular bar nibbles.

Landlord and owner John Nelson said: “The generosity shown in our weekly raffle is mind-blowing.

“Every week we have literally hundreds of pounds worth of raffle prizes donated by our suppliers, including gallons of beer from Daleside and Roosters, bottles of champagne from Harrogate Fine Wines, meals at Chez la Vie and Graveley’s, rounds of golf at Crimple, and even a day’s sailing in the Lakes.

“The resulting ticket sales are phenomenal, especially in these hard times.

“We wanted to say thank you to everyone involved, and St George’s Day seemed the perfect excuse to celebrate.”

For its St George’s Day celebration, it was able to lay on special beers created for the occasion, along with a selection of food.

Alison Wragg of Martin House was present to accept the latest donation on behalf of Martin House.

She said: “This is an astounding figure that John, his suppliers and customers have raised for us. Their unstinting support enables us to continue providing our much needed services to families throughout Yorkshire. We can’t thank them enough for all they do for us, week in week out, year in year out.”