Staff at a Yateley pub have raised thousands of pounds for charity by throwing a party in a car park.
The grounds of The Ely was packed with people enjoying a boogie at the weekend in aid of Adam’s Hoofing Hut and Great Ormond Street children’s hospital charity.
Alongside the music event, general manager Luke Jones took part in a sponsored run, with both events collectively raising £5,700 for the two causes.
Sam Chalke, meeting and event manager at The Ely, said: “It went really well, with a bigger turn out than expected which was great.
“All staff pulled together and worked until early hours of the morning to clear up and ensure customers got home okay.”
Live music from John James Newman, who appeared on TV’s The Voice, and Dani B entertained guests in London Road until the early hours.
The party, held on Sunday (May 4), marked the end of the gruelling challenge that saw Mr Jones and colleagues Nigel Anderton, Chris Scott and Chris Heap from The Raven in Hook, take on the 127 miles from Dorset in four days.
Ms Chalke said: “Unfortunately the two Chrises had to pull out due to injury but Luke and Nigel powered on through the pain until the end.
“A very tough experience for them all, not sure they will be doing that again in a hurry, but it is all for a great cause and we support these charities a lot and are willing to help as much as possible.
“All the men did the last couple miles together, they started together so they finished together.”
Marine Adam Brown was killed on active service in Afghanistan in August 2010 aged 25. Before joining the marines he had lived and worked at The Ely.
Adam’s Hoofing Hut was set up by his widow Amy Tardelli-Brown. She wanted to provide a place where marines and their families could stay to get some rest and relaxation. In two years she raised the £160,000 needed to buy a beach hut in Mudeford, Dorset.
The pub is hosting another party in its car park on August 24. Acts will be confirmed nearer the time.