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Cheers – pub regulars' walk raises £5,175

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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  • Fund raisers - Pub regulars including those who walked the coastal path are pictured St Austell Brewery.

  • HAPPY: Back, from left, Jim Sloan from St Austell Brewery and walkers Chris Chapman, King's Arms landlord Mick Townsend, Marcus Wherry and Jess Thomas; front, Kath Townsend, landlady of the King's Arms, Jamie Croft, Alan Liddicoat and Ian Thomas.

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ST AUSTELL Brewery is raising a glass to a dedicated group of regulars at the King's Arms in Lostwithiel who trekked along the North Cornwall coast and Camel Trail to raise £5,175 for charity.

The walkers paid a visit to the brewery for a tour where they were thanked for their fundraising efforts.

The kind-hearted crew of 11 each completed different parts of the 70-mile walk from Welcombe Mouth to Lostwithiel, though Kevin Simpson walked the whole route in six days.

Publicans Mick and Kath Townsend were among those who joined him for the first four days of the walk, which proved to be the toughest stretch.

This is the third year the pub has organised the gruelling charity walk, with most of the money being donated to the Children's Hospice South West via the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust. Each year, the amount raised has increased.

It all started in 2011 when Mr Simpson decided to walk from Land's End back to the King's Arms via the South West Coast Path, raising £2,366 in sponsorship.

The following year he did it again, but this time chose to follow the coast path in north Cornwall and raised £4,821.

This year, Mr Simpson walked back to the pub from Welcombe Mouth along the coast path and the Camel Trail with the Townsends and King's Arms customers joining him in relays.

The money will be divided between the Children's Hospice South West (£4,226), Macmillan Nurses (£485) and the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust (£500).

The brewery's charitable trust has raised £395,000 since it was started in 2003, shared between charities including the Children's Hospice South West, local causes and individuals in need.

Money is raised by its pubs and employees with events such as darts tournaments, sponsored walks and quizzes, plus the annual Celtic Beer Festival in November.

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