Craft Union pubs across Manchester, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, and Leeds have announced a huge £9,000 fundraising total, raised to support NHS Charities Together.

The group of pubs held socially distanced summer parties to support the charity collective, which included a range of activities for families to enjoy and were 70s ‘Summer Hippy Love’ themed. All the pubs were decorated in the colours of the rainbow in honour of the events that were held simultaneously, and customers were encouraged to don the most colourful pieces of clothing they owned.

Each of the pubs taking part put on games and activities, which ranged from ‘Play your Cards Right’, Bingo and quizzes, to tombola’s, football cards and raffles. Prizes were generously donated by local businesses, making the effort a community one, a themed championed by the pub group.

The fundraising effort follows the Craft Union pubs’ contribution of over £40,000 to various local charities raised throughout lockdown.

Michael Cotterill, Regional Manager for Craft Union, said: “All the Craft Union pubs across Manchester and the North West took part in our fundraiser and contributed to our incredible total. Our communities are at the centre of the Craft Union ethos, so to engage them in our fundraising initiatives, while putting on our first events since lockdown, has been such a positive for all of us involved.

“Supporting NHS Charities Together was particularly important to us too. Across the UK we have all be so touched by the unwavering efforts of the frontline NHS staff, and its great everyone is still continuing to show them the same support.”