Pulling together to buy a share in Pompey

Enjoying the all day Disco are (left to right), Sam Parker and landlady Hayley Wallace.'' 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131425-1)
Enjoying the all day Disco are (left to right), Sam Parker and landlady Hayley Wallace.'' 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131425-1)

PUNTERS at a pub teamed up and raised £1,000 to buy a community share at Pompey.

Locals at The Lifeboat pub in Hayling Island spent a day taking part in different activities in a bid to raise the cash to support their local team.

They raised a total of £1,480 in their fundraiser on Sunday, with the extra £480 being donated to The Rowans Hospice.

Landlady Hayley Wallage, 47, organised the event alongside her brother Nick May, who is a huge Pompey fan.

She said: ‘We thought we would try and raise a share because a lot of people can’t afford to pay £1,000.

‘Everyone chipped in. We had a great day.

‘My customers are fantastic. We do a lot of fundraising.

‘We do a lot for the RNLI because we are called The Lifeboat and we’re by the sea. We try and do all sorts of charity things and they all support me with that.’

People played darts and pool, there was a sponsored silence, tombola, raffles and cake sales, which were all held to help raise the cash.

There was also an all-day disco which started at noon and didn’t stop until the pub closed at 11pm.

Hayley has paid tribute to the punters for all chipping in – no matter which football club they chose to support.

‘It’s fantastic – they are so good. They love to get involved,’ she said.

‘It was so nice. So many people round here are Pompey fans because it’s their local team.

‘It’s good fun here because a lot of people move to Hayling Island from all over the place, so they all support different teams. The atmosphere is fantastic.

‘One of my customers is a Southampton fan and he donated, which is great.

‘It shows the community spirit. That’s what it’s all about.’

Hayley said Pompey has been a big part of her life.

‘From the age of seven I can remember I used to go to Pompey with my grandmother.

‘I have always supported Pompey. It just seemed so wrong that everything was going so wrong for them.

‘If this is all it’s going to take to keep it going then it’s fantastic.

‘It’s not just football either. It is a charity because all the kids go down there and they have so much fun.

‘You see the delight on their faces when they are sat there watching football.

‘The enjoyment that a lot of people get from it is worth it.’