Fence Houses pub boss Elizabeth is toast of charity

Jill Campbell - area fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support (right) - receiving proceeds from a charity night at Chilton Country Hotel & Pub, from manager Elizabeth Dixon (left) and owner Matty Roseberry
Jill Campbell - area fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support (right) - receiving proceeds from a charity night at Chilton Country Hotel & Pub, from manager Elizabeth Dixon (left) and owner Matty Roseberry
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A PUB manager has raised thousands of pounds for charity in memory of her dad and uncle.

Elizabeth Dixon, who manages Chilton Country Pub and Hotel in Fence Houses, was inspired to raise £3,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support after losing family members to the disease.

The 51-year-old organised a charity night in the pub after her dad George Roseberry, 76, and her uncle Billy Pickering, 65, lost their battles with cancer.

Elizabeth said: “It was a really tough time for everybody. My dad only found out six weeks before he died that he had pancreas cancer, and that was just two days before my uncle, his wife’s brother, passed away after battling bowel cancer.

“My dad used to come in the pub all the time and help me out so he’s a big miss around here with everyone – they both are.

“We had a collection tin at my dad’s funeral and raised £700 so we decided to carry it on and organise a night in the pub.

“We had buskers, a meal and a disco and it was a great night and the support we got was brilliant. The pub have always been supporters of charity and we got a lot of help from the Rotary club and the cricket club.

“Everyone has been brilliant.”

The fund-raising night was the first of many that Elizabeth plans to organise.

“I want to make it an annual thing”, she added.

Elizabeth’s uncle Matty Roseberry, George’s brother, owns the pub and fully supports her fund-raising efforts.

She said: “Obviously we’re both very behind Macmillan and it’s a charity close to both our hearts. They do brilliant work so we’re happy to help them by raising some money.”

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