#VirtualPubCrawl Fundraising Success
A Hartlepool man has responded to the social restrictions of the Coronavirus Crisis by hosting his own Virtual Pub Crawl and is now using this fortnightly event to support local Hospice patients.
Rob Dignen started the online gathering on Twitter over Easter Weekend, using the hashtag #VirtualPubCrawl and inviting others to socialise with a drink at a set time and with the same music.
The event now has its own radio show on Radio Free Matlock which plays music and dedications throughout the event.
The #VirtualPubCrawl has attracted a national following and also has listeners in Germany, France, Australia, Canada and the USA.
Rob pledged his support to Alice House Hospice and set up a fundraising page, inviting followers of the pub crawl and radio show to donate to the local charity, which supports patients and families affected by incurable illnesses.
Part of the motivation behind the event’s support of the Hospice was to help recoup some of the lost income from the charity’s recently cancelled Hootenanny & Beer Festival event.
Alice House Hospice regular supporters Exwold Technology also came forward and sponsored the #VirtualPubCrawl £500. At the time of writing, the current total raised stands at around £2,100.
The next event is set to take place on Saturday 20th June.
Rob said “The #VirtualPubCrawl started as a little bit of fun on Good Friday but it quickly spiralled into a huge online get together using the power of music. During the lockdown it’s provided people with some light relief and a chance to forget for a few hours what’s going on right now. As the event got larger, we decided to help a local charity and due to the generosity of all involved we have raised more than £2,000. Social media gets a rough ride sometimes, but this just shows the good it can do. A huge thank you to all who have joined in, contributed and helped out.”
Deputy Fundraising Manager at Alice House, Greg Hildreth said “It is brilliant to work with Rob and all of the followers of the #VirtualPubCrawl who have sent messages and donations from all over the country and even further afield. The event has become something really special and thanks to Rob and all of his supporters, it is now also helping a great charity at a really difficult time.
Every donation made makes a real difference to local families, thank you so much to all for their kindness, I hope everyone has a great time on Saturday.”
To take part in the event and for further details, follow @indierob9 on Twitter and use the hashtag #VirtualPubCrawl.
There are also some Actual Pub Crawl events planned for after Lockdown in aid of Alice House and further details will be released closer to the time.