The Jolly Postie pub in Royston organised a day of festivities to raise money for families in need.

On Saturday, July 22, the Baldock Street pub hosted a gin tasting festival, with fun and games for children including face-painting, Snakes and Ladders and Connect 4.

Children could also guess the number of sweets in a jar for a chance to win the jar.

Mayor of Royston Cllr Lisa Adams attended the event, along with firefighters from Royston Fire Station who entertained families with their fire engine.

The festival has so far raised £415, with donations still coming in and the number expected to grow in the coming days and weeks.

Royston Crow: Lola Howard playing Snakes and Ladders at the Jolly Postie eventLola Howard playing Snakes and Ladders at the Jolly Postie event (Image: Clive Porter)

All the proceeds will go towards the Sunny Days Children's Fund which supports children under 18 with conditions such as leukaemia, cerebral palsy and terminal illnesses, as well as deafness and blindness.

The charity's work includes providing funding for medical equipment, day trips, respite or making the remainder of the children's lives as comfortable as possible.

Currently 1,200 families are being helped by the charity through grants or holidays, while countless others are receiving support and advice.

Speaking after the event, Jason Smith, general manager of the Jolly Postie, said: "I’m so proud of Royston, what a fantastic community that we live in.

"Here at the Jolly Postie, we believe in our community and we believe in going the extra mile, to ensure we support one another.


"We’d like to thank everyone who turned up for the day, we wish to thank all of our loyal guests who visit us regularly, thank you to our Mayor and the firefighters, and thank you to everyone who donated to the raffle prizes, we couldn’t have done it without you!

"See you all for the next one."

The Jolly Postie was originally opened in 1935 as a Post Office, and has an antique postal van parked at the entrance.

The pub serves food - including Sunday roasts - as well as drinks. For more information go to

To find out more about the Sunny Days Children's Fund, and to donate, go to