JEANNE Brennan puts her pub at the heart of its community.
The popular landlady and her staff at The Royal Oak on Manchester Road in Linthwaite have raised around £26,000 for both local and national charities in just three years since she took over the pub.
Jeanne (pictured) – who even wanted charity donations instead of gifts on her wedding day – said: “My personal and work life is committed to raising as much money as possible for different charities and the pub regulars have been absolutely fantastic in helping us.”
Fund-raising events have included a rodeo day, a Wild West day, a marquee with Caribbean steel band, race nights, auctions and car boot sales.
Jeanne added: “The secret of successful fundraising is putting on different events that our regulars are prepared to support.
“Raising money is a lot easier if you are enjoying yourself in the process.
“Developing the business into a community fundraising local was always our game plan when we took over the pub. Getting the locals to support the pub was vital.”
She added: “Fundraising has always been something that is extremely important to me ever since I was young. I remember holding jumble sales when I was a small child. My personal and work life is committed to raising as much money as possible for different charities.”
Jeanne has been a big supporter of Macmillan cancer charity, The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust to raise money for a children’s hospice in Huddersfield and Make A Wish Foundation for ill children.
Jeanne also raises cash for local causes who she feels need her help.
This includes enough money to send 40 Linthwaite children to see a pantomime each year.
Last Christmas her customers helped raise £1,500 to pay for the trip.