Fundraising night of horrors at haunted inn

Alison Gardner (left) and Julie Makinson who has just finished treatment for cancer.
Alison Gardner (left) and Julie Makinson who has just finished treatment for cancer.
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There’ll be no charity on a Halloween ‘Night of Horrors’ at Dolphinholme’s recently refurbished Fleece Inn, despite the event being a fundraiser for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Manager of The Fleece, John Jack, regularly comes across the pub’s resident ghost.

When the inn, a former farmhouse, first changed use it was on condition that the farmer’s daughter could reside there for as long as she wished.

Mary Pye, who stayed at The Fleece until a few days before she died, returned after her death and often makes her presence felt! Guests also report hearing a young child in one of the upstairs’ rooms.

Having found the perfect venue, friends and organisers Alison Gardner, of Dolphinholme, and Julie Makinson, who is from Lancaster, will be lining up pints of stomach churning raw eggs and cold porridge for volunteers to down, as well as filling buckets with iced water to drench other hardy souls, while ushering more to a demon barber for head shaving and body waxing.

For the enjoyment of watching others ‘suffer; their plan is then for spectators to donate to a bucket collection in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which fundraises to bring world class cancer care to patients throughout Lancashire and south Cumbria.

The duo, which has hosted previous events on behalf of Rosemere, began fundraising for the charity after it supported Julie when she was being treated for breast cancer.

Of the planned ‘horrible’ night out, Julie said: “It’ll be some spectacle and we’re very grateful to our brave family and friends who have volunteered to endure our horrors.

“We’d like as many people as possible to come along and cheer them on as they’re doing it for a very good cause.”

The ‘Night of Horrors’ kicks off at 9pm on Friday, October 31.