Good Friday pub crawl raises £800 for charity that helps prevent suicide

Shelly (front left) with her fellow pub crawlers at the finish line at Lowerhouse Cricket Club
Shelly (front left) with her fellow pub crawlers at the finish line at Lowerhouse Cricket Club
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A bar manager, who has vowed to give up alcohol for a year to raise money for a cause close to her heart, was joined by dozens of friends and supporters for a charity pub crawl yesterday.

And generous Good Friday revellers at pubs in Burnley donated the grand total of £805 to Shelly Heap her fellow walkers.

Shelly all set for her charity pub crawl which raised 805.

Shelly all set for her charity pub crawl which raised 805.

The group set off from the Princess Royal pub under the culvert in Burnley and they visited the Swan and Mojitos in the town centre before calling in at the Alma, the Angel and Rosegrove Railway Club.

The crawl ended with a grand finish at Lowerhouse Cricket Club where Shelly works as bar manager.

The money raised will be donated to the charity PAPYRUS for the prevention of young suicide. Shelly began her fundraising challenge in September and to date, with the pub crawl, she has raised £3,317.

She said: "I have had so many messages off people who saw my story and got in touch with the charity for help.

"Everyone said they had never heard of it before so I have achieved what I set out to to do and that was to raise awareness of this charity.

"All I ever wanted to do was help people."

Mum-of-three Shelly will continue her "no beer for a year challenge" until September.

She said: "It has been hard at times but it will all be worth it in the end."

The pub crawl was due to round off a day of matches at the club between the home team and Opening Up XI to promote mental well being and suicide prevention. Shelly's husband, Ben, who is team captain had organised the event as he is ambassador for the Opening Up charity.

Bur unfortunately the matches had to be called off as the pitch was too wet.

But there were celebrations in the evening when local band The Switch played.

To make a donation to Shelly’s challenge go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shelly-heap1 or to find out more about the walk contact Shelly on facebook.