Staff at the George in London Bridge will host The Big Pub Sing this Thursday - a night which will see pub managers and customers sing their hearts out to classics and karaoke favourites such as Journey and Queen - and are encouraging Londoners to come down to the event, where a choirmaster and band will be making music to raise money for the charity.
While the night is set to be an uplifting one, there's a very personal story behind the fundraiser, as landlord Tom Flynn was inspired to hold the evening after much-loved colleague Bill Leigh passed away from bowel cancer last year. Fellow landlord Bill oversaw The Carnarvon Arms in the Wirral and the pair took on Mount Kilimanjaro together in 2013 to raise money for Macmillan, before Bill was diagnosed.
"Everyone has had a friend or relative who has been touched by cancer", says Tom, general manager of The George Inn. "But when it's so close to home, it makes our partnership with Macmillan feel even more important. For us Bill was a really special guy, so I'll be saying a few words about him on the night. Fingers crossed we can raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause."
The activity kicks off from 6:30pm and is part of Macmillan May, Greene King's largest fundraising event of the year which will see over 1,750 of its pubs across the country coming together to support the charity - with a fundraising target of 300,000. The money raised will fund vital support from Macmillan Professionals to help people living with cancer.
Since 2012, Greene King staff and customers have raised 4 million for Macmillan by taking part in a wide range of fundraising challenges including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling to Paris and hosting World's Biggest Coffee Mornings.