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Landlady raises pot of gold for Saint Francis Hospice

A pub landlady had a leprechaun tattooed on her leg after customers pledged to raise £2,000 for Saint Francis Hospice.
Mary Winters leprechaun tattoo
Mary Winters, 61, who runs the Victoria Arms in Ongar Road, Brentwood with her husband Mike, was chatting with customers at the bar one evening when they joked about her getting a tattoo of a leprechaun - like the picture which hangs on a wall in the bar.      

Quick thinking Mary agreed, but only if they helped her to raise £2,000 for the hospice.

"I've been a tattoo virgin up until the age of 61," said Mary.

Mary Winters leprechaun tattoo
Mary Winters' leprechaun tattoo

"It started off as a bit of a dare and I would never have had it done it if it hadn't been to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice. 

"The hospice has cared for some of our customers and I know what good work it does in the community."

Mary Winters leprechaun tattoo    
Mary Winters (second left) is presented with her cheque for £2,100

And on Tuesday (March 7), Mary invited Chris Holmes, the charity's Community Fundraising Manager, to the pub to receive a fabulous cheque for £2,100.

Chris added: "The creative ways people come up with to fundraise never ceases to amaze us.

"We are thrilled that Mary has chosen to support the hospice and this donation will make a real difference to people affected by life limiting illnesses."

Mary thanked everyone who helped her smash her fundraising target and gave a special thank you to Phil and Steve, Ivy Rose Florist, who donated a basket of flowers for a raffle and to Urban Ink Tattoo Studio, who did the tattoo at a reduced rate.