REGULARS at a Braishfield pub are raising their glasses to help a young King's Somborne woman pay for pioneering brain surgery.

The Dog and Crook pub has adopted Meg Jones as its cause and hopes to put on several fundraising events so the 20-year-old can travel to America and have her brain tumour removed. Meg, a student at Warwick University, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October, 2004, when she was 18.

Her mum, Helen Bulbeck, hopes that Meg can travel to a hospital in Boston, where American doctors could use new technology to remove the tumour. The hospital is one of only two in the world that performs intra-operative MRI scanning. She could have a more basic operation to remove the tumour in this country, but its success would not be guaranteed.

Mrs Bulbeck set up the brainstrust charity to raise £50,000 to send Meg to America for the surgery and to provide support for others with brain tumours.

The Dog and Crook pub has plans for several fundraising events, including a darts marathon and hog-roast party in the summer.

Workmen renovating the pub's garden have told the landlord to give any money he would have paid them straight to the charity.

Landlord, Graham Marchant, said: "It's a poignant cause and it's important because there's nothing in place for people of Meg's age."

He got to know Meg through her mum and step-dad, who are regulars at the Braishfield pub he has run for two years.

The hog roast party for Meg's charity will be held at The Dog and Crook on July 29. For more information visit