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Guests and staff attending the 2010 Castle Rock awards night at the Canalhouse pub in Nottingham donated £613.58 to The Royal British Legion, the brewery’s chosen charity. Royal British Legion Community fundraiser, Bob Privett, was assisted in the collection for the poppy appeal by 95 year old Betty Holmes, the redoubtable mum of Castle Rock chairman, Chris Holmes.

Betty was delighted to help carry the collection bucket saying she only expected to hear the rustle of folding money. “I think it’s as important nowadays as it’s always been to remember the fallen like this,” she said. “And I feel very strongly about the care of those who have lost a limb. It was difficult enough for my late husband who lost a leg in later life; but imagine what it must be like for a fit young man with all his life before him?”

Castle Rock Brewery party guests Jeff Lewin, Nancy Thomas, Trish Holmes and Betty Holmes with Royal British Legion Community Fundraiser, Rob Privett.

The Royal British Legion celebrates its 90th year in 2011 and continues its work providing welfare for the service community. It currently spends £200,000 every day on its welfare work. Last year, a record £529,000 was raised in Nottinghamshire, and as a county the charity deals with more welfare cases than any other.