ARCHIE toasts pub and generous customers after fantastic donation

The ARCHIE Foundation is raising a glass in thanks to generous pub goers.

Customers of The Tavern in Ardler, Perthshire, helped raise £1,170 for sick children in Tayside after buying tickets to win a luxury food hamper over the Christmas period.

Pub owner Jim Duncan, Linda Meiklejohn of The ARCHIE Foundation, barmaid Avril McLeod and chef Alan Bell outside the pub.

Sadly regulars of the pub won’t get to enjoy the prize after a lucky winner from Wales was drawn out of the hat.

The winning couple stopped by at The Tavern for a meal while on a break in the local area.

Pub chef Alan Bell will soon set off on a long trip down south to deliver the hamper, full of spirits, wines and other luxury items, when he goes there on holiday next month.

The Tavern owner Jim Duncan thanked all of his customers for contributing to the cause, with all money collected going to the official charity of the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

The ARCHIE Foundation is set for a further boost from the pub with male staff members taking part in Beards for Bairns.

Jim, who decided to choose ARCHIE as the pub’s charity of the year after hearing about its work on local radio, said: “Our customers are so generous to have raised £1,170 through the hamper raffle – and they are on track to help us raise more for Beard for Bairns as well.

“I’d like to thank them for their support over Christmas and the money they’ve helped us to raise.”

Linda Meiklejohn, fundraising co-ordinator for ARCHIE, said: “We are incredibly grateful to The Ardler Tavern and its customers for this amazing donation.

“It’s great to see such support for the Tayside Children’s Hospital appeal throughout the area and it’s heartening to hear that Welsh customers of Jim and the team contributed too.

“I hope they enjoy their fantastic prize.”