The George teams up with local to raise £1,200 for Hope House

Oswestry local, Gary Payne, and the George Hotel, on Bailey Street, teamed up to raise £1,200 for local children’s hospice, Hope House.

The dynamic duo raised the money after Gary grew his hair and beard throughout lockdown, before shaving it off in a sponsored shave at the George Hotel to bolster funds. The shave was witnessed by a group of delighted regulars, who have only known Gary with a full head of hair and a beard.

Hope House is a Children’s Hospice based in Oswestry that cares for babies, children, young people, and young adults up to the age of 25 in Shropshire, Cheshire and, Mid and North Wales, who have life threatening conditions. The charity’s aim is to make sure that no one faces the death of their child alone.

Sally Bayles-Smith, Operator of the George Hotel, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Gary. I think the actual beard and hair growing might have been more trying for him, that having it shaved off, but he certainly entertained every single person in the George that night! And, while raising such a significant amount of money for Hope House.

“It’s testament to the importance of the cause that we managed to raise so much, as I think everyone can empathise with the utter tragedy of losing a child. We’re about the community here, both at the pub and in Oswestry, and we’re always keen to make a difference in whatever way we can to those who are in less fortunate situations than ourselves. And, it’s thanks to our incredibly generous customers we’re able to do the amazing fundraising that we do.”

The fundraising effort follows a wider contribution from pubs across Craft Union Pub Company, the parent company of The George Hotel, which have raised over £40,000, donated to various local charities throughout lockdown.

The George Hotel, 43 Bailey Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1PX