The Darlington Flyer is hosting a Family Fun Day to raise money to install a defibrillator in Darlington’s town centre. The fun and fundraising will begin at 12pm on Saturday 26th January, with DJs kicking off from 7pm.

David Bell, the holding manager of the Darlington Flyer, is responsible for the effort that will see the pub turned into a Petting Zoo for the day, alongside other entertainment, like face painting and a raffle, for customers to enjoy. The Family Fun Day will run through until the evening, when two local DJs will pick up the mantle, playing their picks of the latest tunes, through to everyone’s favourite golden oldies, until 12am.

“Defibrillators are life-saving pieces of equipment,” said David, “and having one in Darlington is going to do wonders for the peace of mind of the community. I’m very proud to be a part of an initiative which will have the potential to save someone’s life one day.

“We’ve got some great stuff planned for Saturday and the team and I are very excited to be having an event like this at the pub – if a little bit nervous about turning the place into a zoo for the day! We’ll be collecting donations throughout the afternoon and we hope our wonderful customers will support our cause and help out in whatever way they can.”

The event comes as part of David’s participation in Stonegate Pub Company’s ‘Accelerator Programme’. The course is part of its award-winning development programme, designed to give its people the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and proceed within the company.

The fundraising effort is being supported by the local Pubwatch scheme. National Pubwatch is a voluntary organisation set up to promote best practice through supporting the work of local Pubwatch schemes. Its aim is to achieve a safer drinking environment in licensed premises throughout the UK.