Bar staff pull notes from walls to donate £11,000 to Bahamas hurricane relief

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A bar with walls covered in banknotes has pulled them down to donate more than £11,000 to Bahamas hurricane relief.

The Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB) in Florida has the unusual decor thanks to a long-standing tradition which sees customers staple notes to the wall when they visit.

“Every few years we take the money down and donate to local charities,” general manager Kristin Hale told the PA news agency. “This time the owners felt that we should give to the Bahamas.”

It took staff a month to pull all the notes from the wall
It took staff a month to pull all the notes from the wall (Siesta Key Oyster Bar)

A huge fundraising effort has taken place around the world and in particular in nearby Florida, with SKOB one of a number of businesses in Siesta Key coming together to collect money.

With so many notes built up over the last three years since the walls were last cleared, staff at the bar had a mammoth job taking them all down.

“It took the staff a full month to get down what we did, and there are still some hanging,” Ms Hale said.

Everyone’s working hard taking down the dollars for our donations to the Bahamas! #skoblove #dollarsforacause

Posted by Siesta Key Oyster Bar on Monday, September 16, 2019

“We never expected it to amount to as much as it did,” Ms Hale said.

She added: “We are super thankful that we were able to do this for the people in the Bahamas.”

A further fundraising event with three other restaurants and bars in Siesta Key on Sunday collected an additional estimated 10,000 dollars (£8,130).

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