A FURNESS pub is holding a charity night to raise money for a Pennington couple who are both battling life-threatening illnesses.

The General Burgoyne in Great Urswick, near Ulverston, will host a ‘What It’s Worth’ dinner in aid of Clare and Paul Coulston.

Clare, 38, has been fighting oesophageal cancer since 2009, while husband Paul, 39, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2012.

They have two children – Finlay, 8, and Evelyn, 5 - and all the money raised from the dinner will go towards vital equipment for Mr Coulston and to securing the future of the children.

The event, on March 3, will see diners served a five-course gourmet meal and they will be asked to pay what they think it is worth.

Louise Sherrington, wife of landlord Craig, said: “We’ve got young children so it really hits home what the Coulston’s must be going through.

“The couple do come in now and again so we wanted to raise money for them – it’s a very local charity to us.”

Staff will be working free on the evening, suppliers are not charging for food and Robinsons brewery is supplying the wine, so all money raised will go direct to the cause.

The pub is also on the lookout for any entertainers or musicians who want to get involved, as well as any raffle prize donations.

For tickets or to help email the General Burgoyne at dropusaline@generalburgoyne.com or call 01229 586394.