(l-r) Castle Rock’s Lee Halmarack, Chris Broad, and the Poppy and Pint’s landlord, James Halfpenny
Chris Broad, a trustee of The Broad Appeal for research into motor neuron disease, has received a cheque for £3,901.31 raised by pub-goers across the East Midlands through their enjoyment of the ‘Stuart Broad’ our celebration ale. The presentation took place at the start of the Poppy and Pint’s evening of cricket also attended by Eddie Hemmings, Derek Randall and Simon Hughes.
‘Stuart Broad’, the beer is one in our Nottinghamian Celebration series celebrating famous sons and daughters of Nottingham. Twenty pence of each pint was promised to the charity and we’re delighted, and slightly in awe, that so much money has been raised.
Speaking on behalf of her father and brother, Gemma Broad offered a ‘huge thank you to everyone at Castle Rock and to the loyal beer drinkers.
“This is a fantastic amount of money and will go a long way to helping us fund more research in MND. The beer gave our charity amazing exposure,” she says.
Lewis Townsend, who arranges the Nottinghamian Celebration series, says the beer was so popular that stocks of the first brew of 11,000 pints ran out within days. “We were then forced to rethink our brewing schedules to pack in a second similar sized brew to meet this incredible demand. A re-brew hasn’t happened so quickly before and it became clear that Nottingham drinkers and cricket fans liked the taste and approved of its charitable intentions.
“Now, we’re happy to make this donation on our customers’ behalf, in the knowledge that it’ll go towards the Broad family’s charity which honours Gemma’s and Stuart’s stepmother Miche Broad who died of the disease seven years ago,” says Lewis.
Check out some of the photos of the evening below.