Help St Canna's Survive the Virus

by James Karran in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Total raised £20,300

raised so far



Help St Canna's Ale House survive and thrive in the 'new normal'. We can do it!

by James Karran in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 7th December 2020 we'd raised £20,185 with 341 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Wow, can't believe we made it! We are absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the level of support we've received so far! Thank you all so much! You're all lush.

Now, how about pushing things a little further?

Canna's is known for its eclectic events, quirky theme nights and super fun fundraisers . There are simply too many to count - from our regular Open Mic Night which showcased some of the best unsung musicians in Cardiff, to showing the finale season of Game Of Thrones (with dressing up of course), to our Pride Cymru fundraising disco, to the charity dog wash, to streaming Glastonbury festival live to our beer garden, to Oktoberfest, to Cider and Carols, the list of memories created goes n and on. In May 2018 we even hosted an official TEDx conference at the pub – TEDx Canton. 

Although Covid restrictions mean that we can no longer hold such events in the same manner, we have come up with a solution that will allow us to do resurrect some of these events and help create memories for people once again. In consultation with Cardiff based company Spartan Audio, we have drawn up plans to put audio visual equipment in each area/room of the pub (including the beer garden), and a zone controller in the main bar. This will enable different events to be held in different areas, so we could, for example, show a movie in one room and have live comedy in another. Alternatively, we could have the same thing on the screens in all areas, so we could stream a music festival, TV series or sporting event and not be limited to it being seen just in one room. 

As with the pergola, this new AV equipment is something we could never afford on our own but would make a huge difference to Canna's and our ability to flourish while keeping customers safe from Coronavirus. If you could dig just a little deeper in your pocket and help us hit this goal we would be so unbelievably grateful!

About St Canna's

Welcome to St Canna's Ale House, a tiny pub in Cardiff, Wales, which exists to be a place where community is built, relationships are formed and where memories are made that will last a lifetime.1604315451_crowdfunderpic5.jpg

When Canna's was founded in 2017, its vision was to be the diametric opposite of 'plastic' chain pubs that were only concerned about customers consuming as much as possible as cheaply as possible. Canna's strove to reclaim the soul of the1604315035_crowdfundpic1.jpg public house by welcoming anyone who walked through the door and creating affirming, communal experiences for them to enjoy. Over the last three and a half years, hundreds of people from Cardiff and beyond can regale stories from time spent at Canna's, whether it be singing Auld Lang Syne on New Years Eve with bagpipes, hearing the unbelievable local talent at Open Mic Nights, witnessing the epic Halloween Monster Mash dance off, being part of our own official TEDx event: TEDx Canton, or any one of hundreds of other events. Our pub is known as a place where whoever you are you can come, feel at home, meet new people and create amazing memories.


But Covid has changed all that.

The Problem

No longer are people able to meet together safely in the same way, so Canna's ethos of creating community and helping people build relationships and memories has been adversely affected on a grand scale. For their own safety our customers have to stay at their own tables and are unable to meet with friends and family outside of their own bubbles. Not only this, our revenue has been damaged as well, because we can only have customers on site for the number of seats we have available, and this number is greatly diminished due to social distancing. 

Our one saving grace is the beer garden. Because the virus has proven to be less contagious outside, restrictions on outdoor spaces are lighter and people are able to meet with others more freely. Also, the beer garden has allowed us almost double the amount of seating we have. This was amazing when we reopened in July after lockdown when (generally) the weather was fine, but now the winter is closing in, we face a real problem. Although part of our beer garden is sheltered, it is not set up to be a viable all-season seating space, and this is what we sorely need to survive in the 'new normal'.


But, we have a plan. And this is where our crowdfunder comes in.

The Solution

In consultation with Swansea based company Gower Sail Shades, we have come up with a solution: a pergola. But this is not just any pergola. This is a pergola that will cover the entire beer garden, will have a retractable roof for summer, will have heaters built in, and will have plug points for customer's convenience. Sound amazing? It is. Here are the details.


The pergola in question will be a 7m x 5.5m Rialto system from Practic. The aluminium frame will be iron grey and the electric retractable roof will be in white rose. It will have integrated LED lighting in the frame on all sides and integrated outdoor heaters. It will withstand the worst of what the Welsh weather can throw at us, and it'll do so with style. In short, it is the complete solution to our needs, and this is what we are crowdfunding for. 


We need you

We are asking our amazing customers, our community and anyone else who feels touched by our ethos to help make this dream a reality. Small businesses, especially pubs and bars, have been decimated by the virus. However, Cannas won't give in. We believe our ethos is an important one for society, and even in a world ravaged by coronavirus, with your help, we will continue to help build community, facilitate relationships and create life long memories that people will cherish forever.


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Exclusive St Canna's T-shirt

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with an exclusive St Canna's 'All Will Be Well' t-shirt, printed by our good friends at the Printhaus...So you won't only be helping one local business, but two! We'll place the order once all pledges are in.

£50 or more

St Canna's Hoodie

For £50 you'll be the first to get some brand new merch - A St Canna's Hoodie!

£100 or more

£20 Bar Tab and Branded Glass

Pledge £100 today and you'll receive the exclusive t-shirt, a £20 bar tab AND a St Canna's branded stem pint glass!

£500 or more

£100 Bar Tab

For a £500 pledge you'll receive the t-shirt, the branded pint glass, a £100 bar tab and have your name immortalised with a place on our St Canna's Wall Of Heroes!

£1,000 or more


Pledge us £1000 and you'll get all the £500 pledge stuff along with a lifelong UNLIMITED bar tab for yourself and our undying gratitude!

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