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Event: Victoria Pub Family Fun Day
Location: Beverley

We are always trying to make sure we don't miss any opportunity for fundraising events and through our friendly SSAFA chairman, David Elvidge, we were put in touch with Caitlin at the Victoria Pub in Beverley. Caitlin invited us to their "fun day" on Saturday 18th August with the promise of classic cars, the emergency services, the army, face-painting, a bouncy castle and BBQ all present.

Unfortunately Caitlin was let down by a number of people but we managed to help her with an army presence from our friendly (and regular at all the local events we attend) TA Preston (Foz) Forster.

We arrived (Maria, Louise, Christine and John) at the pub at 9.30am and set up the gazebos, with the assistance of Foz, arranging all the products and preparing the prizes for the tombola. There was a small number of visitors throughout the day and we managed to raise a total of 103.25 (Christine was very good with the tombola sales and raised 63.00 of the total). Maria also learnt that the landlord of the pub was the son of an army officer that she had met at a recent ball and he is more than willing to help us out in the future, which goes to prove it's not what you know but who you know!!!

One of the visitors was a mother whose children go to a local school and she asked if we would be interested in running an event at the school so we have passed on our details and fingers crossed we hear from her soon. She did also take a number of the jewellery envelopes to pass onto other mothers at the school which will help with our fundraising and spreading the word of the charity.

Foz also mentioned about an event at Pickering in October and once the details are through we will get the information on the website.

All in all though we had a very good day, met some lovely people, were well looked after by Caitlin, Sophie and other pub staff and after the refurbishment we will see what more we can arrange with the pub.

The NGVFA stall
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Foz and two of our younger visitors
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Caitlin, Sophie and the Landlord
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