‘Help me spend £5,000’ – Sunderland pub owner wants to spend winnings on the community

George Jenner from Hastings Hill pub celebrates with his staff after winning �5,000 in the regional heat of Community Pub of the Year.
George Jenner from Hastings Hill pub celebrates with his staff after winning �5,000 in the regional heat of Community Pub of the Year.
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A PUB owner is urging groups to come forward and help him spend £5,000.

George Jenner, from the Hastings Hill pub, was awarded the money after being named regional winner in the Community Pub of the Year competition.

And now the 49-year-old, who hails from Pennywell, is eager to plough the money back into the Pennywell community.

George, who lives in Fulwell, said: “People who work in the community can ring up and help me decide how the money will be spent.

“I’m from Pennywell and I built the Hastings Hill pub up from nothing, so I want to put the money back into that community.”

George, who has been at the boozer for eight years, sailed through the regional heats and could now win a further £5,000 when the national winner is announced this month.

Judges looked at pubs’ involvement in the local community to select each regional winner.

The Hastings Hill was chosen for the host of charity nights it organises and its children’s parties at Christmas and Halloween.

The pub also gives free meals to kids to encourage families to dine there, as well as free meals to servicemen.

George will be competing against 18 other inns for the national title, which will be announced on September 27 in Cheshire.

“It would be great to put Sunderland on the map for winning this award,” he said.

“It would be good if we won the national award, rather than a pub down south.

“It’s a lot of money to put into the groups.

“I know that these are struggling the way things are now with the economy.

“They often rely on charity and donations so it will be nice to give something to them,” George added.

Any community groups who would like to get in touch with him can call 07885 787 026.

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