Raising Money for The Warley Woods
Popular Birmingham pub joins forces with PubAid to raise vital funds for charity!
The King’s Head in Harborne is a historical local venue that’s committed to giving back to the local community. On 7th February 2016 the popular pub joined forces with PubAid to raise funds for the Warley Woods Community Trust by hosting a quiz night in its honour. Over the course of the evening the venue raised £366.10 for the local cause.
The Warley Woods has been a public park since 1906 when it was officially opened to the masses following the efforts of Alexander Macombe Chance who negotiated a deal to purchase the woods from its owners, who were planning to develop the land. Chance said at the time, “I want it to be known as the People’s Park, for never was there a park in the Midlands before that was paid for directly by the money of the people.” The Warley Woods is now run and maintained by The Warley Woods Community Trust who regularly put on events for all ages and host amazing functions for their local communities of Bearwood, Smethwick and Harborne.
The King’s Head team chose the local charity as many of them regularly visit The Warley Woods and have many fond memories there. They wanted to help raise additional funds to help contribute to the continued upkeep and restoration of woods’ 40 hectares, which is comprised of a meadow, extensive woodlands and a public golf course.
Jo Scone, Marketing Manager for The King’s Head said, “The quiz night was a huge success, and the response we received from local groups and the public was incredible. We’re so glad to have had the opportunity to raise a total of £366.10 for such an important local charity. Having recently moved to the Bearwood area, I can see how much community spirit there is based around the Warley Woods and I have to admit, it has quickly become one of my favourite places to take a stroll. Due to the huge response we’ve had for the event, we will be hosting a Charity Quiz on the last Sunday of every month sponsoring local charities and trying to raise as much money on their behalf as possible. Our next event will take place on Sunday 28th of February in aid of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.”
The popular local venue boasted an overwhelming response from the community, with a total of 108 people taking part in 25 teams. They also had support from local businesses, one of which, Box Entertainment, quickly offered to host the quiz completely free of charge as they recognised what an integral cause The King’s Head and PubAid were backing.
All monies raised from the quiz entry and the raffle were donated to the Warley Woods Community Trust. The King’s Head also donated the quiz prizes, which meant 100% of the money raised was donated.
Kate Slade, Trustee at the Warley Woods said, “We would like to thank The King’s Head for organising such an enjoyable evening and raising money for the Warley Woods Community Trust. The Woods are so important to the local community and it is lovely to see local business like this giving their time and energy to the charity”.