Raise a glass to local causes

Landlords, Irene Brown and Steve Riley, Rope and Anchor, Old Bolton Road, Atherton, have been raising cash for four different charities at the same time. Pictured with Irene are Atherton Junior football club, left to right: Shane, Paul Jackson, Jordan, Paul Wilde and Connor
Landlords, Irene Brown and Steve Riley, Rope and Anchor, Old Bolton Road, Atherton, have been raising cash for four different charities at the same time. Pictured with Irene are Atherton Junior football club, left to right: Shane, Paul Jackson, Jordan, Paul Wilde and Connor

A KIND-HEARTED pub landlady has donated more than £1,000 to help the plight of four different good causes.

Irene Brown, who runs the Rope and Anchor pub, in Bolton Old Road, Atherton, reached the total after 12 months of raising funds for the Atherton Guide Dogs Training Centre, Hag Fold Morris Dancers, Atherton Laburnum Rovers Football Club and Chowbent Primary School.

She and partner Stephen Riley have helped dozens of charity and community groups since taking over the pub five years ago.

Irene, 58, said: “We do everything we can to help groups and charities thrive. We wanted to raise money for Chowbent Primary School in memory of one our customers, Joanne Rothwell, who passed away before Christmas after battling cancer. Two of her children attend the school so it felt like an important cause.

“A couple of our regulars in the pub have links with Atherton LR and the Guide Dogs training centre so we thought it would be a good idea to help them too.

“And Hag Fold Morris Dancers are an important part of the community, so we know any donations will be put to good use.”