Charity is to benefit from Alnwick pub partnership

Aileen Tuff (centre) with son, Sean Donkin and his wife Stacey with their daughter Chloe
Aileen Tuff (centre) with son, Sean Donkin and his wife Stacey with their daughter Chloe
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A north Northumberland pub has announced its first charity partner.

The Hog’s Head Inn has chosenthe MSA Trust which offers lifeline support for people with multiple system atrophy a rare, life-limiting neurological disease.

Staff at the inn chose the charity after inn operations manager Sean Donkin’s mother Ailsa was diagnosed with the degenerative disease which slowly imprisons people in their own bodies.

Sean said: “MSA is a rare and little-known disease that most people haven’t heard about.

“At the moment, there is no known cure for the disease which can strike any adult. Because it is a random disease, it could affect any one of us.

“The staff at The Hog’s Head Inn have been very supportive in choosing the MSA Trust as the inn’s first-ever charity partner.

“The funds we raise will help the Trust support people with the disease as well as their families and carers.”

The Inn has set an initial fund-raising target of £5,000, which will help fund specially-trained MSA nurses, run a telephone support line and help research to find the cause and cure for MSA.

Donations from every pint of Hadrian Border Brewery Hog’s Head Inn house ale sold will be given to the charity. Donation envelopes will also be put in rooms.