Craft Union’s Christmas fundraising continues

Craft Union Pub Company’s ‘Crafty Squad’ remained undeterred in its charity efforts in the run-up to Christmas.

Craft Union Pub Company’s 'Crafty Squad' remained undeterred in its charity efforts when government restrictions closed many pub doors in the run-up to Christmas.

The annual campaign called ‘Stomping into Christmas’ continued in earnest and volunteers also took part in Only A Pavement Away’s (OAPA) Winter Warmth campaign. The team raised nearly £14,000 for a range of charities.

Supporting both local and national charities, as well as their own communities, the Crafty Squad donned their Christmas attire and ‘stomped’ the pavements of their regions to raise money for causes including OAPA, the Royal Manchester Hospital Charity and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

This came after the squad donated nearly 100 boxes to Manchester Street Angels Shoebox Appeal, which ensured children, the elderly, and the homeless had a gift to open on Christmas Day.

“We feel an immense sense of pride and thanks for the hard work and creativity our teams continue to display in serving their communities despite their pubs been open or closed," says Frazer Grimbleby, operations director of Craft Union. "Each operator is entrenched in the communities they serve and our customers know they can rely on Craft Union to be there for them.

“2020 was an incredibly difficult year for us all and the start of 2021 brings a whole new set of challenges for us to overcome. However, we know that our people will continue to be creative, taking this new lockdown in their stride, with smiles on their faces. It’s a privilege to work with such a committed and generous group of people.”