Help the Bull Survive Covid-19

by Donald McLauchlan in Mid Calder, Scotland, United Kingdom

Total raised £22,700

raised so far



Our aim is to preserve the Bull in Mid Calder and make sure it continues being part of village life during and after Covid-19

by Donald McLauchlan in Mid Calder, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 6th July 2020 we'd raised £22,638 with 441 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Our stretch goal will mean we can continue our staged refurbishment plans and invest properly into offering off-sales drinks as a regular feature with branded growlers for our customers.


Lynda and I have thought long and hard about whether or not to share this and have ultimately decided that turning outwards to you all is far more positive than focusing inwards.
As some of you will know, we took over operations at the Bull in August 2009 and feel we have settled in the village not just running the local pub but also as a family with our four children.
The Bull has become our life's work now and we have transformed it into a multi-award winning establishment.


Unfortunately, like so many businesses across the hospitality industry, we have had to completely change our business and shut our doors due to the current pandemic. With so many people offering guidance and so many lovely messages of support, we are determined to weather this storm. 

As we have all discovered Covid-19 is causing very real problems and concerns for both individuals and businesses of all sizes. Here at the Bull we are certainly not immune to these problems and concerns.



The grants, along with the furlough scheme the government have made available, have been invaluable in keeping our staff and paying our suppliers, however, moving on is undoubtedly going to be a trickier issue especially as rent is still being asked for by the building owner.

There are government backed loans available but our concern is that these are just adding to our debt and will of course need to be repaid upon re-opening, putting further pressure on a very delicate position.

That means we need to save the Black Bull Inn so that there is a job for us all at the end of all this. We are asking for your help to do this, so we have a proposition for you; our fantastic customers, family and friends - both new and regular. 

We would like to ask you guys to help see us through this difficult time. Whatever you are able to spare will go towards either a donation OR you can choose a monetary voucher which we will increase by 20%, to be spent here at the Bull when we re-open.

The reasoning behind coming to you is two fold. We are very aware that on reopening, business is very likely to be slow with people still wary of going out and unfortunately, most likely with capacity restrictions for social distancing. Having the promise of visits from you all will help boost that period.

Secondly, we feel far more comfortable owing your good selves than the bank. Adding 20% to the value of whatever you can give is only right as you will have played a direct part in keeping this wonderful pub alive!


We don't expect something for nothing, so we've put together a range of rewards ready for when we reopen.

All contributors will also have their name included in our Roll Call of Thanks, which we will have hanging on the wall honouring those who have contributed to the preservation of the Black Bull Inn.


For every £1000 raised, we will donate a 3 course meal for 2 to a key worker. If you would like to nominate someone, all you need to do is send us a private message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will put a shout out on all our social media platforms to announce when we hit the targets.  

All you need to include is the name of the person you are nominating, what they do, and a contact email address for them.

We look forward to partying with you all at the end of this! 

Stay safe everyone!
Donald, Lynda & all our Team


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This project offered rewards

£100 or more

Sunday Lunch

Pledge £100 today and we'll top it up by 20% and post you a voucher for £120 to spend in the pub once we're open to the public again. This is perfect for a family meal, or a get together with friends.

£20 or more

£24 Bar Tab

Pledge £20 today and we'll top it up by 20% and post you a voucher for £24 to spend in the pub once we're open to the public again. What better way to celebrate the end of the lockdown than with a few pints, and a top up from us as a thank you?

£25 or more

Future Whisky Tasting

Pledge £25 and we'll keep you a seat at the table for one of our famous whisky tasting events held every second month here in the Bull. 5 malts, some great haggis, neeps & tatties and some great craic!

£30 or more

£36 Lunch Date

Pledge £30 today and we'll top it up by 20% and post you a voucher for £36 to spend in the pub once we're open to the public again. Everyone is missing getting out and about so come and join us here in the Bull.

£50 or more

£60 Dinner Date

Pledge £50 and we'll add 20% to it's value to top it up to £60 for you to enjoy a lovely day catching up with friends when we're allowed to meet up again! Who is missing our Steak Pie or Macaroni Cheese?

£75 or more

£90 voucher to spend

Pledge £75 and we'll send you a voucher topped up by 20% to the value of £90 to spend on any drinks or meals in the Bull when we get to re-open

£100 or more

Free Disco/Karaoke for your Function

Book your function with us in advance and we will give you our resident DJ, FREE of charge if you take one of our catering options. Your £100 will be redeemed against your function costs. After lockdown, everyone wants to PARTY!

£200 or more

Black Bull Platinum Card

Pledge £200 today and we will send you an exclusive Reward Card that will entitle you to 20% OFF your FOOD bill for 12 months. You will be able to use the card for up to a maximum of 4 people each visit you have to the Bull when eating with us. You will be in an exclusive group if you own one of these cards!

£500 or more

Free Function Hire + Drinks

Book your Function with us here at the Bull and we will supply your DJ, catering for up to 60 guests and a £100 tab at the bar (value over £600) for your friends and family to get their evening off to the perfect start. What a perfect way to blow away those lockdown blues!

£500 or more

£600 Voucher

Pledge £500 today and we will increase the value of your voucher to £600. Perfect for large family gatherings or work groups to get together. With Christmas not far off this would be ideal to get you in the mood for Santa!

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