Pub crawl hosted by Burwell lads raises more than £3,000 for children's charity EACH
PUBLISHED: 10:47 22 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:47 22 January 2020
A group of lads from Burwell went on a pub crawl and raised £3,561 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).
James Pryor and 20 of his friends have always gone out for drinks on Christmas Eve, but four years ago they realised there was an opportunity to get something more out of their annual tradition.
The 12 Stops of Burwell has since become a popular village event and raised thousands of pounds for charities.
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It involves James dressed as Santa and pals wearing Christmas jumpers making their way round pre-approved stops such as the Anchor, Fox, Five Bells and social club, while rattling collection buckets and offering other pubgoers the chance to have a selfie with Santa.
James said: "This event has become all about the community and how they band together for such a great cause.
"To wake up on Christmas Day, have a glass of Buck's Fizz and count coins totalling all the money raised by a great group of friends and an amazing community is a new and incredibly rewarding tradition.
"The work EACH does is heart-warming. There's nothing worse than a parent losing a child or not being able to protect their children."
Bronte Graver, EACH Cambridgeshire community fundraiser, said: "This is an example of community fundraising at its best, with the initiative of a few villagers receiving such great backing from the rest."