The amazing team at the Buck, Driffield has raised over £1,500 to help a local little boy along the way to having potentially life-saving treatment.

The pub raised the money for Marley who is less than a year old and suffers from Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Type 1 SMA is a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and consequently, Marley suffers from breathing difficulties and is unable to move his arms, legs, or sit down. The money raised will go towards a fundraising effort that hopes to send Marley to the US for potentially life-saving treatment.

To help fundraise, the pub held an online raffle with some fantastic prizes such as wine and chocolates but also gift vouchers donated by local small businesses, there were so many fantastic prizes they covered six tables. The raffle was drawn live and streamed via The Buck’s Facebook page. In addition to the raffle, the team also auctioned off a Nintendo Switch and a go-kart which went for £270 and £70 respectfully.

Last year, the pub won the BII’s Heart of the Community Award and was a finalist in the Great British Pub Awards for their incredible community services and the consistent support they give to their locals. This period of lockdowns and uncertainty has not stopped them from being that pillar of support.

Manager Rhian Livingstone, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours last year, said, “We really wanted to do something to help the family but due to lockdown we had to amend our plans. With a raffle we could have everyone involved and streaming it on our Facebook was a great way to interact with our regular customers.

We can’t wait to be serving our locals again and we are planning on doing more fundraising towards Marley’s treatment when we are open.”

If you would like to help Marley and donate to the Go-Fund-Me campaign please follow the link:

1 Market Place, Driffield, YO25 6AP