Behind the bar for Sue Ryder

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Garry Hughes,  pictured with team member Gemma at the Dolphin

A handful of brave souls from the Brakspear head office agreed to be auctioned off to our tenants at the Brakspear Awards Evening to raise money for Sue Ryder, and a few have now completed their shift.

BDM Garry Hughes worked a Friday evening in early December at the Dolphin in Eastbourne. The weekend, known as ‘Little Christmas’ is one of the biggest of the year in the town with festive stalls and entertainment. Garry said, “To say the pub was busy would be an understatement. I worked six hours before craving my bed! Thanks to the pub team for helping me, in particular Persia who trained me and Gemma, who was a joy to work with.”

Despite his admittedly rusty bartending skills, Garry has also been ‘bought’ by Simon Bailey at the Phoenix in Sunbury, so will be doing it all again for another donation to Sue Ryder.

Meanwhile, recruitment manager Amanda Windows worked a shift on the same evening at the Anchor in Henley, which was also busy thanks to late night shopping in the town. She says, “This was my first ever time behind a bar, so I’m grateful to my co-workers on the night for being so supportive of the ‘newbie’!”

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Amanda Windows with Anchor tenant Jeremy Buckle

Tenant at the Angel on the Bridge, Mark Dunlop, bid for both Emma Sweet and Kate Thomas from the marketing department, and they both put in a five-hour stint behind the bar at the Sue Ryder Musical Fireworks, which is run by the pub.  “It was busy, but a lovely event to be part of”, said Kate.

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(l-r) Kate Thomas, Mark Dunlop and Emma Sweet