‘Monkey’ pub swings into action to back worthy causes

REGULAR Colin Porter dons an unusual outfit for a day at the pub
REGULAR Colin Porter dons an unusual outfit for a day at the pub

A FOOTBALLERS and WAGs-themed fun day helped a Bulwell pub raise more than £1,800 for cancer patients and ill babies.

The Framesmiths Arms, which is otherwise known as ‘The Monkey’, swung into action in aid of Nottingham’s Hayward House hospice for those with terminal cancer and also the neo-natal unit at Nottingham City Hospital.

The Main Street pub chose the two causes because a customer recently died from cancer and another regular suffered the pain of a baby dying soon after birth.

Landlord Paul Anthony was behind the event, which saw the men dress up as wives and girlfriends (WAGS) and the women pull on footballers’ kit.

Volunteers stepped up to climb into a set of stocks to be pelted by wet sponges, and there was also a barbecue.

Kind-hearted customers donated prizes for a raffle, including bicycles and a holiday to Skegness. Support was also given by Tesco and other local businesses.

Paul, who has been at the helm of the pub for almost two years, said: “It was a cracking day and everyone showed a lot of support for us. I really can’t thank them enough.

“It goes without saying that these are two brilliant causes and we are delighted to have raised such a good total. Hopefully it can make a difference.”