Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, run by the Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care, received extra Christmas cheer to the tune of £1666 this week thanks to the efforts of staff and regulars from the Hewas Inn at Sticker. Raised over a period of three months, the cash was amassed through a variety of different activities kicked off by a special Harvest Festival auction and even included a two-month sponsored slim by Landlord Dave Rowe and others at the St Austell Brewery local.

With the rest of the funds coming from a quiz night and collection buckets on the bar, landlady Amanda Rowe was delighted to finally tally up the proceeds to be handed over to the Hospice, “The Hewas is one of the oldest buildings in the village and we are lucky enough to have a fantastic community around us. We work hard to keep them happy and in return they always knock us out with their generosity when it comes to raising much-needed funds for local organisations like the hospice.”

The Grade 2 listed pub, formerly known as the Great Hewas after the major local mineworks, was probably in existence as far back as the early 1700s when the mine began to be worked extensively. However, the original building burned to the ground and had to be totally rebuilt in 1825, most likely due to excessive revelry from those hard-working, hard-drinking miners.

Now in the hands of popular publicans Dave and Amanda Rowe, the Hewas is well-known for its fundraising in the local and wider community, as Amanda explains, “We know how important rural pubs are to local people and that’s why we always try to do as much as we can to be at the heart of everything that goes on in the village. It’s also wonderful to be able to give something back to those that need it most and our customers are some of the most generous people we know, so a big thank you to them and our staff for the work they do to help raise money for others. To be fair, we always have great fun with our fundraisers and it brings the community closer together, so it’s not all hard work!”

Judy Lawton, Community Fundraiser at Cornwall Hospice Care, says support like that given by everyone at the Hewas Inn makes a huge difference;

“Without the friendship of people like Dave and Amanda we wouldn’t be able to provide the very specialist care we offer to patients with life limiting illnesses and their families. Thanks to fundraising activities such as those organised at the pub, we can look after patients from the age of 18 onwards free of charge. We do this at our two hospices, of which Mount Edgcumbe is one, in the community, in Cornwall’s hospitals and in people’s homes. My heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has supported all the pub’s activities.”