The historic Cornish pub will host an all-day fundraiser in aid of Help For Heroes, the charity which provides practical, direct support to those wounded in the service of our country since 09/11.
Every penny the pub takes that day will be donated to the charity – which Daphne hopes will be more than £2,000.
“You can’t put a price on someone’s life,” said Daphne. “I’m not rich by any means, but what’s one day’s takings? It’s the very least I could do for our selfless servicemen and women.
“They are putting their lives on the line for us and all we are asking people to do is to come out to eat and drink. The more people eat and drink the more we can donate.”
The pub will be serving its usual menu throughout the day on Saturday, a special three-course Chinese menu for £10 in the evening (bookings only), plus live music from rock band High Voltage.
Daphne knows only too well what it’s like to have a relative serving in the forces – her son Jamie, 29, spent three months in Iraq.
“The horrific stories he came home with made me determined to help,” said Daphne. “There are two servicemen from Sennen who are preparing to go to Afghanistan and Northern Ireland at the moment. It’s a cause very close to the hearts of everyone here.
“I know what it is like to have a son or daughter away at war and the terror parents feel. We want people from all over West Cornwall to come and support us on Saturday – but more importantly, to show support for our heroes. Every penny really does count.”
The event is being supported by St Austell Brewery, Skinners Brewery and 3663, as well as High Voltage.
The First and Last Inn is one of the most famous pubs in Cornwall, not only because of its location but also its notorious reputation as home to both smugglers and ship wreckers.
The 17th century pub – complete with secret tunnels and underground hideaways where smugglers hid – is now best known for its hospitality, evocative atmosphere and fantastic food.
For more information on the history of the pub visit www.firstandlastinn.co.uk
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