Commercial Hotel Accrington

A squad of nine walkers from The Commercial Hotel (Accrington) completed a 35.4km walk to raise £2,100 for Young Lives vs Cancer.

The team, led by pub manager John Rogers (now at The Boot Inn (Burnley)), dropped in on four other Wetherspoon pubs – The Grey Friar (Preston), The Twelve Tellers (Preston), The Postal Order (Blackburn) and The Old Chapel (Darwen) – before returning to The Commercial Hotel.

The total raised is a huge dent in the pub’s target of raising £5,000 for the charity by the end of the financial year in April 2023. John (a keen Blackburn Rovers supporter), along with shift leader and fellow Riversiders fan Owen Dootson, was forced to wear the colours of fierce rivals Burnley FC, having lost a bet with friends on which team would win the local derby (Burnley beat Blackburn).

Burnley fans and shift managers Jason Ellison and Adam Duckworth were only too happy to lend them their shirts for the event. John said: “We may have lost the bet, but the football shirts helped us to create a bit of friendly rivalry around the event and hopefully added to the total raised. “I’m very proud of the team. It was a huge effort from everyone. All nine completed the walk.”

Money was raised online and from collection buckets taken round the five pubs en route. Pictured (left to right) are shift leader Amber Pye, shift manager Adam Duckworth, shift leader Adam Smith, bar associate Owen Dootson, kitchen team leader Emma Hamilton, pub manager John Rogers, shift manager Jason Ellison, team leader Chloe Brown and (in the red dress and full nail set) bar associate Connor Fitton. Pictured (inset) are John and Owen, wearing their borrowed Burnley FC shirts.  

BUT BUT BUT …it does not stop there! Owen and the team at the Commercial Hotel are going to climb Scafell Pike Lingmell and Great Gable …… all in one walk. He says, “It’s going to be a tough challenge but hopefully we will raise a lot of money for a great charity that does so much for children with cancer. Please check his page for full details and support if you can.


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