A PUB in Stroud celebrated its 30th anniversary by raising nearly £2,000 for a charity that brings cancer care closer to patients in the county.

From local donations to special fundraising evenings, a committee of locals from the Kings Head has raised £1,978.00 for Hope for Tomorrow, a charity that provides mobile cancer care units to NHS trusts, which can then deliver treatments to patients in their local communities.

The Kings Head in Kingscourt was taken over by John and Carol Nicoll in 1993, however John died of cancer last year.

Keeping his memory alive was important for not just Carol and the staff at the pub, but also for all the locals so an events committee was formed to put together a fundraising programme to raise money for Hope for Tomorrow, their adopted charity.

The latest fundraising event was a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ evening where, like the TV show from the 1980s and 1990s, people impersonate famous singers in a bid to win a prize.

Adrian Major, one of the local Kings Head committee members, who won the Stars in their Eyes competition as Adam Ant, said: “We’ve been fundraising for Hope for Tomorrow since May when we did a fundraiser around the King’s Coronation.

"The  event was just great fun, everyone had such a laugh.

"So many locals got involved, including children, and we’re really proud to have raised this much for the charity.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and these events are not just about remembering those who we have lost through cancer, but celebrating the people who have fought it, because it is beatable, and we should celebrate that.

"Carol has supported us 100 per cent with the events and we are pleased to have been able to support her and the pub at the same time as raising the money.”

Tina Seymour, Hope for Tomorrow chief executive, said:  “We really appreciate the efforts of the Kings Head and all the locals who have spent the last year fundraising on behalf of Hope for Tomorrow – it looks like they had a lot of fun in the process, which is what it’s all about.”