Pile of pennies help the forces

A pub landlord has gone that extra mile for charity as one of his last acts as manager of the Colliers Arms.

Pete Cunningham will be stepping down from the Elland pub after two years but thanks to his customers and staff they have collected a pile of pennies for Help for Heroes.

Pete Cunningham with Sgt Chris Dixon and his pile of pennies, raising money for Help for Heroes at Colliers Arms, Park Road, Elland.

Pete Cunningham with Sgt Chris Dixon and his pile of pennies, raising money for Help for Heroes at Colliers Arms, Park Road, Elland.

“We have been collecting the loose change for six months and we managed to raise £240. We used to do them quite often in the area and when there was a competition, we always did well.

“Help for Heroes seemed like an ideal charity as my son-in-law Lee Cook has done two tours of Afghanistan.

“We also have a lot of ex service men who come into the pub and when we told them what we were doing, everybody got behind the appeal.”

Pete, 73, has been in the pub trade for 37 years and it will be the third time he has ‘retired’ after managing pubs throughout Brighouse and Calderdale.

He is hoping to make use of the warm weather and spend more time in his garden.

“The trade kept on pulling me back in but this time it is for definite.

“I would just like to thank all the customers who have donated the money and for couple of years I have spent here.”

Help for Heroes has been established for five years and continues to support veterans and serving personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force who have been wounded or injured, or have become sick, as a result of serving their country.

Support is also given to families to help them to adapt to the new challenges they may face.

To watch the video of pile of pennies visit www.brighouseecho.co.uk