Girls on the run in tribute to popular landlady

Barmaid Tracy Leese is leading a team of footballers on a 10 mile jog from Newcastle-under-Lyme to Stone in a tribute to former Landlady Cherryl Poppitt. 

Cherryl, the popular licensee of the Royal Exchange, Stone, died in October just weeks after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer. 

Now Tracy and fellow players from Holditch Ladies FC, Chesterton, have decide to complete the run on Sunday, 11 December, to raise funds for The Douglas Macmillan Hospice. 

The hospice in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, cared for Cherryl during her last few weeks. 

Tracy said: “Cherryl was well loved and popular with all at the Royal Exchange. She received fantastic, sensitive, care from the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and we are appealing to local people, and anyone, who sees us on the run, to show their support for such a good cause.” 

The Royal Exchange is run by North Staffordshire based Titanic Brewery.  

Director Dave Bott said: “Cherryl was extremely popular both at the brewery and in Stone where she really did know everyone. 

“It is great that the girls from Holditch Ladies FC have decided to put on this sponsored event and we will be lending them support and wishing them well on the day.” 

Donations and messages of support can be left by going online to

For further information on the work of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice log on to 


For further information contact Dave Bott on 01782 823447. 

Notes to editors:

The runners will be setting off from Buffet Island, A34, Milehouse, Newcastle-under-Lyme at 12 noon on Sunday, 11 December. 

Titanic Brewery was founded in Burslem in 1985 and has grown to produce more than two million pints of fine ale every year. It is owned by Stafford born brothers Keith and Dave Bott. Keith is Chairman of SIBA, the society of independent brewers. The brewery name is in recognition of Stoke-on-Trent as the birthplace of Captain Edward Smith, Master of the ill fated Titanic ocean liner. 

Titanic’s full range of beer can be seen on the company’s website at

Titanic Brewery Co. Ltd., Callender Place, Lingard Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1JL.