I have supported Children's Hospice South West since 2007, when the Precious Lives appeal was launched to build Little Harbour. At around the same time Skinners Brewery approached me to bring Betty Stogs to life, and I agreed provided the money went to a charity within Cornwall. As Children’s Hospice South West had always been a cause close to my heart, I chose them. Betty was only ever meant to come out for 10 appearances, and that was over 11 years ago now!
From day one of the character I have always carried a charity bucket with me to collect, where possible, for CHSW. The charity and team are amazing and over the years I have got to know them very well.
I always said that if I ran a Marathon it would be for CHSW - the charity has always been very close to my heart, and I have seen Little Harbour grow into what it is today. I’m really looking forward to raising as much money as possible, so we can help give the children and their families the support they need.
This is one of the hardest and biggest challenges I have taken on, both for myself and for Betty, but with the support of friends and family I'm sure everything will turn out well. Betty is a fun loving character that many of you will have seen or met at local events in Cornwall, and at many beer festivals up and down the country, so you know she is certainly up for a challenge!
Skinners Brewery have been really supportive with all my ongoing fundraising so a big thank you to them for their ongoing support.