Pockout chance for local causes

This year's It's a Pockout raised �6,000 with more than 2,000 people watching the event.
This year's It's a Pockout raised �6,000 with more than 2,000 people watching the event.

Pocklington District Lions Club members are appealing for local charities and community groups to apply for a share of next year’s It’s a Pockout cash.

The popular event, which was held at Pocklington Sports and Social Club football fields this year, saw more than 2,000 people enjoy the occasion with £6,000 raised for good causes.

The charities to benefit from the Lions’ hard work were Second Thoughts East Yorkshire, Cruse Bereavement, Sue Ryder and Pocklington Relief in Need.

With this year’s cash now distributed the Lions are looking for more good causes to help as the group heads forward to next year’s event.

Anyone can nominate any charity or community group and after all nominations have been received the Lions will be asking the community to vote for their favourite – with the top two selected for 2018.

Next year’s It’s a Pockout 2018 will be staged at the same venue on Saturday 18 August and Lions members hope it will be a bigger and better event than 2017.

A spokesman for the Lions said: “If you are involved in a local community group or charity, or know of any, email info@itsapockout.org.uk and tell us all about it. The closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday 17 December.”

Tony Marron, chairman of Pocklington District Lions, said: “We are hoping to attract some smaller local less well known charities to whom the proceeds of It’s a Pockout 2018 would make a great deal of difference, but anyone can nominate any community group or charity, large or small, it’s up to them.

“We really want to engage with the whole community we serve in Pocklington, Market Weighton and surrounding area. We want them all to get involved and nominate a community group or charity they think would benefit from the proceeds next year.

“We were delighted we raised £6,000 this year and thank everyone for their support. This year we nominated the charities and we had four who each shared £1,500 each.

“For next year we want the community to nominate their favourite community group of charity, it’s up to them who they nominate.

“All they have to do is tell us the name of the group or charity and bit about them in an email to info@itsapockout.org.uk by midnight on Sunday 17 December.

“Then we will be asking the general public to vote for the nominations and the top two charities with the most votes will be selected as the charities or community group for next year’s It’s a Pockout.”