Thousands raised after tragic fire


Thousands of pounds has been raised by the local community after staff lost everything in a pub fire.

Over £2,000 has been raised on a gofundme page for staff at The Bull Inn in Hockley after the pub burnt down last Saturday, August 4.

Four of the pub’s staff lived on the top floor of the premises. Luckly none of them were hurt but lost everything in the fire most crucially their place of work and their home.

Simon Harris, one of the Bull’s customers, set up a gofundme page the day after the incident occurred to raise money to replace the belongings of the staff members who lived there. He has already managed to raise £2,315 of his £3,000 goal.

Many regulars of the pub have donated to the cause. The staff of other pubs in the area have even donated wishing them well.

The appeal was recently featured on ITV News.

Fire crews reported that the roof of the pub, measuring approximately 40 metres by 20 metres, was completely alight.

As a result all of the belongings of the staff living onsite were lost.
Mr Harris has revealed that the funds raised will be used to purchase items directly when they are identified as missing as opposed to handing over the funds all at once.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, reacted to the tragic news of the fire with a plea to the pub’s owners, the Greene King pub retailer, that the pub should be restored to its former glory and reopened as soon as practically possible.

The popular local pub is Grade II listed and parts of the building date back to the 16th century.


Mr Francois said: “The fire at The Bull has been a tragic event but I am determined to try and prevent this popular venue being lost forever.

“I have asked to meet with the Chief Executive of Greene King, Mr Rooney Anand, to talk about the future of the pub and what might be necessary in order to save it.”

A local resident who did not wish to be named said: “We have already seen an amazing amount of community spirit.

“The whole community and the surrounding areas have come together to try and help the staff that lived and worked in the pub.

“It was a very popular pub and I used to go in reguarly for my pint of ale. It is sorely missed at the moment and it was a real hub of the community.

“I hope Greene King dig deep into their pockets and to re build it as soon as possible. “
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