Royal Oak "treet" for hospice

A Halloween fun day and collection boxes at a pub in North Road Havering-atte-Bower have raised more than £1,300 for the local hospice.
Royal Oak (cropped)
There were no tricks, just treats, on offer on the night as landlady Leigh Campbell and locals Colin and Lisa Dobson organised their third annual fundraiser for the hospice which is based in the same village as the pub.

"It started off by just having a fun night at the Royal Oak. Lisa and I would get a load of friends along, we'd put some music on and try and raise some money for the hospice. Over the years it has grown and now we have a DJ and an auction and a raffle as well," said Colin.

"We raffle the smaller items and the auction the best things. This year we had three Red Letter" days and a magnificent hamper supplied by the hospice to auction," added Lisa.

Colin, the Director of a scaffolding hire company, said: "Lisa and I have always lived in this area - I was brought up in Orange Tree Hill Road, so the hospice has always been close to us literally, and we also have friends and family who have been supported by the hospice's nurses and doctors."

When the proceeds of the Halloween night and the collection boxes were totalled up it came to more than £1,323.

Community fundraiser at the hospice Michelle Gower said: "We are so pleased with all the support that Leigh and all the regulars at the Royal Oak give us throughout the year and an especially big "thanks" to Colin and Lisa for all their work with the Halloween event and the magnificent sum raised that will help us provide care for more than 4,000 local people this year."  

Pic A At the bar

From left to right: Lisa Dobson, Leigh Campbell and Colin Dobson at the bar in the Royal Oak