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Bar staff at the Victoria Hotel have raised over £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation by pushing six 18 gallon casks of real ale from Castle Rock Brewery to their pub in Beeston. The team beat their two hour target by completing the four-and-a-half mile journey in a thirst inducing 110 minutes.

The beers, from six local breweries including Castle Rock, Blue Monkey, and Caythorpe, were transported on cellar trolleys along the Nottingham Canal tow path. On their arrival at the Vic, barrel pushing barman James Armstrong, who came up with the original idea, gasped his delight at the amount of money raised.

Hannah Barnsdale, one of the barrel run team said, “It was more of a challenge than we expected, and the weather conditions certainly didn’t help, but the expectation of those who sponsored us and the knowledge that we were helping such an important cause ensured that we not only did it, but also beat the target time.”

The push was part of the Vic’s summer beer and music festival which has raised another £2,500 for local charities. The pushers were sent on their way by BBC Radio Nottingham’s John Holmes in a ‘live’ broadcast from the Vat and Fiddle pub.

l-r Kim Woolley; The Vic’s proprietor, Neil Kelso; Hannah Barnsdale; Will Gardiner; Jonny Hall; Joe Darnell; Chris Nutting, and James Armstrong, the man with the original idea, set off from the Vat and Fiddle.

l-r Kim Woolley; The Vic’s proprietor, Neil Kelso; Hannah Barnsdale; Will Gardiner; Jonny Hall; Joe Darnell; Chris Nutting, and James Armstrong, the man with the original idea, set off from the Vat and Fiddle.