Pub pair’s plucky chicken run raises cash for Derian House

Will Ainsworth as 'Rodney the Chicken' outside The Hoghton Arms in Withnell
Will Ainsworth as 'Rodney the Chicken' outside The Hoghton Arms in Withnell
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Workers from a pub in Chorley have hitchhiked over 600 miles to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice - dressed in chicken suits.

Will Ainsworth and Roger Savage from The Hoghton Arms in Withnell set off on Monday, May 11 aiming to see how far they could hitchhike in seven days, with 19-year-old Will dressed at pub mascot Rodney the Chicken.

The pair were not allowed to pay for any transport except their ferry crossing and had an allowance of only £10 per day for food.

At midnight on Sunday, May 17, they had made it 624 miles to the town of Blois in France, 115 miles south of Paris. They have raised around £1,500 for Derian House, which cares for children with life-threatening conditions across the North West.

John Rullo, fundraiser at Derian House said: “We’re both delighted and stunned at how far Will and Roger managed to hitchhike, and can’t thank them and everyone at The Hoghton Arms for supporting Derian. Our wonderful supporters never cease to amaze us with the incredibly creative ways they think up to raise funds for us.”

Heath Johnson, general manager at The Hoghton Arms said: “They put a huge amount of effort into the first ever Hoghton Arms chicken run, and as a result have not only raised a lot of money for Derian House, but have also started something that will go on for years.”