Customers of the newly-refurbished Salutation pub in Doncaster have raised nearly £4000 in just a few months for the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield.
Gayle Bee, daughter of Sue, the landlady of the ‘Sal’, had the idea of supporting SITraN after her father Mark was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. “Sadly, dad died late last year” says Gayle, “but not before he knew that all our fund-raising efforts were being channelled into this vital work. SITraN are amazing and, to be honest, they are simply not appreciated enough for what they do, and what they have achieved.
“These are terrible and debilitating illnesses, and when a loved one falls victim to any one of them, it has an awful effect on them, and their family and friends. My dad was a Quality Control Officer; a very active, alert man, a very proud and private person, who we all loved dearly, but we could see the degeneration taking place in him. Nevertheless, he was a fighter, and he was still working up until five weeks before he died. He simply wouldn’t give in, even though every movement was a huge effort and, because of his determination and courage, we thought that we simply had to do something to raise some money in his memory.”
Gayle and Sue have been overwhelmed by the support of the pub’s regulars: “their generosity has been outstanding. Even at Mark’s funeral, we asked for donations to SITraN, and we were completely incredulous when we found out that mourners had quietly put over £150 into the plate!”
The money has been raised through a number of events, including: beer tastings, festival nights, quizzes, social evenings and a barbecue. There has also been a collection point at the bar. “My mother and I cannot fault the generosity of our customers, who have dug deep, especially in these tough times. We believe that they are second to none in their support.”
Gayle is already planning a whole new set of fund-raising events for this year, which will include an Ale Festival, Meet the Brewer events, and even a mini Music Festival.
David Meadows, Development Officer - Legacies and Individual Giving at the University of Sheffield said: “Gayle and Sue, their bar team, and all the regulars at the Sal, in our eyes, are complete stars, and we are so deeply, deeply grateful for their on-going donations and involvement. How can we say ‘thank you’ enough? Their input is very highly valued, and the money that they have handed over will be going towards a new research machine that will continue this vital work. It all came from the heart, and in turn, we are heartfelt in our thanks.”
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