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Donate a little tipple to St Catherine’s

The District Post, Piries Bar in Horsham and Visit Horsham’s Facebook page have teamed up to help collect bottles of booze for St Catherine’s Hospice.

The hospice, which is based in Crawley, provides end of life care for many people in the Horsham district and their families.

Staff at the hospice offer patients the occasional tipple of their choice from a drinks trolley, with spirits generously donated by Beam, manufacturer of many of the world’s top alcoholic drinks.

Now, in the lead up to Christmas, The District Post and Piries Bar have offered to help top up the trolley by appealing to readers to donate bottles, cans or boxes of whatever they can afford in the coming weeks.

Collections have already started at Piries Bar, where bottles have been dropped off after a request on Facebook. They include a £125 bottle of 10-year-old Mcallan whisky, which was kindly donated by Amanda and David Pilbeam.

Speaking about the request, manager at the Piries Place bar, Ross Andrews, told The District Post: “St Catherine’s Hospice means so much to so many people in this area and to many of our customers. We are more than happy to help spread the word and collect a few bottles of or cans for patients. I believe a little bit of what you fancy does you good, so I think it’s a great cause and I’m grateful to anyone who donates.”

Hospitality manager at St Catherine’s Hospice, Wayne Stepney, said: “Thank you so much to Piries Wine Bar for organising this drinks collection and to everyone who has contributed. Being able to enjoy their favourite tipple makes a huge difference to our patients and those close to them, during what can be a very difficult time.”

Matt Wheeler, managing director at The District Post, added: “Beam does something really admirable by donating its spirits to St Catherine’s Hospice. But it is literally a case of the more the merrier, so having a wide choice of drinks including wine, champagne or beers, will mean more patients are able to have a nice drink in the evening or with their dinner.

We’re so happy to be able to help and hope that the public joins in and donates a bottle of something – whatever they can afford.”

The campaign to encourage the public to donate bottles of booze will be run by The District Post in the lead up to Christmas. Bottles can be dropped off at Piries Bar during opening hours (11am until late) or at The District Post offices during regular office hours. Only brand new sealed bottles will be accepted.

St Catherine’s Hospice cares free of charge for terminally ill adults across Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex and East Surrey, helping patients make the most of the precious time they have.

For more information about the hospice go to stch.org.uk or go to beamglobal.com for information on the spirits producer.

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