We recently told you all about a brave local girl called Sarah Gearing who is currently trying to raise £130,000 by November to have life-saving surgery in Spain, and we are pleased to report that she has been invited to be ‘guest of honour’ at the grand re-opening of the refurbished Cock Inn Pub and Restaurant on Hall Road in Rochford.
She will be joined by her guide dog Otto, and the pub will also welcome another very special pair of guests to the big event with Christine Dunn and her canine helper Harrison – he has been described as ‘Rochford’s most famous guide dog!’
The ceremony on Saturday 28th October is set to raise much needed funds for Sarah’s appeal and Guide Dogs For The Blind.
The pub’s Team Leader Sue Rickwood posted on the Caring About Rochford Facebook group to see if anyone would be able to get a celebrity to ‘cut the ribbon,’ and all of a sudden there was a huge outpouring of support for Sarah to do the honours.
Her story has attracted a lot of attention in local media, and she was delighted to take up the offer.
Sue told us more about the big day:
Our pub is undergoing a £250,000 refurbishment, and although we originally requested a celebrity to cut the ribbon on the 28th October we have now decided to put money towards our own local community instead.
We decided to help a local Rochford lady called Sarah Gearing who is in desperate need of a life saving operation on her brain and spine which requires a grand sum of £130,000 to be raised for her to undergo a major operation in Barcelona, Spain in November.
We contacted Sarah and she is thrilled to be our special guest along with her assistance dog called Otto, also another local lady called Christine Dunn is coming along with her guide dog Harrison (who is a Rochford celebrity).
They will attend alongside Sarah to help raise funds for Guide dogs for the blind.
The official opening will commence at around 11.30am on the 28th, and we will be selling tickets for a lovely raffle with donations from local companies & businesses to pump our proceeds.
In the evening of 28th October we will have a female singer entertaining customers at the pub where again we will continue collecting money for Sarah.
Our pub will be shut from 9th October and re-open on 21st October.
Any donations can be dropped into the pub from 21st October 2017 in time for the following week’s charity event.
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