Preston Pub Fundraiser

A Preston pub is hosting a fundraising event to support two worthy causes, after the landlord was diagnosed with cancer.
The Smiths Arms, on Darkinson Lane, Lea Town, will host a day of live music, family fun and entertainment on Saturday, April 13.
All money raised will be donated to Rosemere Cancer Unit at Royal Preston Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Landlord John Druce was first diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and was given the all clear following treatment. However, he was recently given the bad news that he will have to fight the disease all over again and has just finished five weeks of chemo and radiotherapy.
He said: “I’ve got a long and difficult operation ahead where I’ll be spending eight hours under the knife. But it’s not just me, there are many other people fighting cancer – it touches every family. This is the second time around for me.
“The first time, I was running a café and it was tough, my wife had to look after the business and look after me. It was a struggle but we got through it.
“Places like Rosemere and organisations like Macmillan are working hard to help people through. For some, it’s their lifeline. I just wanted to do something for them so we are organising a fundraising event.”
The day will start at 2pm and will go on until midnight, with DJ, live music, food, games and lots of entertainment.
Thwaites Director of Pubs and Brewing, Andrew Buchanan, said: “We will be supporting John and his team with this event and hope it raises lots of money for these worthy causes. He has a great, positive attitude that is an inspiration to us all.”