Pub generosity on tap for hospital ‘home’

John and Joy Shentall at the Old Mother Redcap,Bradway,Sheffield who held an auction night in aid of the Sick Children's Trust
John and Joy Shentall at the Old Mother Redcap,Bradway,Sheffield who held an auction night in aid of the Sick Children's Trust
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AN AUCTION in a Sheffield pub raised about £700 for the campaign by The Sick Children’s Trust to build a second ‘Home from Home’ at the Children’s Hospital

Under the hammer at the Old Mother Redcap in Everard Avenue, Bradway, went customers’ talents – with manager John Shentall setting an example by offering his skills as a painter and decorator, his former trade.

The result was £100 for him to spend a day again with his brushes.

Other auction items ranged from the chance to ride a Harley Davidson and two other motorcyles to the offer of having some knitting, gardening and cleaning done.

“People were very generous,” said Joy Shentall, who runs the pub with John.

“We raised a lot of money for charity last year – we had a James Bond Night, a Stars in their Eyes Night and an auction of unwanted Christmas presents – and raised over £5,000, which went to the British Red Cross and the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

“We wanted something this year that was local and a really good cause that people would dig deep for. Times are hard and it has to be something close to people’s hearts. I was surprised how many people didn’t know about Treetop House and so this also raised awareness in the pub.”

Treetop House provides free quality accommodation so families can be near their children when they are in hospital. The Sick Children’s Trust’s Branching Out Appeal aims to finance a second ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The Old Mother Redcap has other fundraising events lined up for the trust, including a family fun day on Bank Holiday, Monday, June 4, as part of the Queen’s diamond wedding celebrations at the pub, and a sponsored walk and bike ride linked to Olympics celebrations.

“It’s a real community pub with a real community spirit,” said Joy, who was a teacher before taking over the pub with John 17 months ago.

“People love to get involved in these types of things. We want to try to beat last year’s total.”