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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Good sports at Carlisle pub rally to help play scheme

Pub regulars have raised more than £2,500 in memory of two people who meant a lot to their community.

Pub sports day photo
Landlord Stuart Weston, left and his daughters Hayley and Olivia, present a trophy to chef Andy Rowell, who won the 100m sprint

It is now 10 years since severely disabled Stephanie Wallace died, aged 19.

Her family are regulars at the Coach & Horses pub in Kingstown Road, Carlisle.

Every year the pub hosts a charity day to raise money for the James Rennie Able to Play Scheme, which she loved attending every summer.

This year the event also paid tribute to Stewart Bone, who died suddenly a few weeks ago. The 37-year-old was also a regular at the city pub and always played a central role in the annual fundraising day.

It therefore seemed fitting to honour him at Sunday’s event, which combined a charity football match, pub games, raffle and auction.

Landlord Stuart Weston said it was one of the best yet, raising a total of £2,510.

“It’s become a tradition here. This is the third one I’ve been involved in and everyone has been saying it was one of the best ever,” he said. “It starts off with the football tournament then everyone goes back to the pub for a buffet. There are games on all day to raise extra money.

“At night we have an auction and raffle with all of the prizes donated by local businesses. It’s great fun.”

This year they also had a bucket on the bar in memory of Stewart. That alone raised £168.

The five-a-side football tournament was won by a team that included Stephanie’s dad Dent Wallace, who were presented with the Stephanie Wallace Memorial Trophy.

Pub chef Andy Rowell was also on the team – and his winning streak didn’t end there. As well as being crowned Man of the Match, Stuart explained that he also clinched a new prize.

“Some of the locals decided to have a bet on who could run 100m the fastest so we held the first-ever Stewart Bone Memorial Dash,” he said.

“Andy went on to beat an ex-county 100m champion. It was definitely his day!”

The day was attended by members of both Stephanie and Stewart’s family.

Stephanie’s sister Ruth, who works at the James Rennie play scheme every summer, said: “It was a fantastic day, with so much support from the locals. It’s lovely to know that the pub and the people can rally together.”

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