The George and Dragon, Upton, has been providing free essentials to the vulnerable in its community, as well as offering a takeaway service for locals.

Some elderly members of the community have been struggling to get hold of things like bread, toilet rolls and other necessities, following the influx of panic shoppers after concern has grown due to Coronavirus.

The pub, owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a community pub operator which owns more than 700 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, is managed by Ken Shaw, who has been doing everything he can to support his community in this trying time.

Ken said: “To all of our valued customers who are elderly or vulnerable and can’t get any essentials, give us a ring on 01235 850723 and I will do my best to give you what you need, free of charge. You support us all year through, now it's time for us to show our appreciation for you. If you know anyone who is struggling and won't be able to see this message, please give them a ring and let them know.”

Hawthorn Leisure CEO, Mark Davies, said about the Upton offering: “We are delighted that our partners are showing such initiative during this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a country. It is more important than ever that our pubs are community hubs, so we urge everyone in the Hawthorn Leisure team to pull together and continue to support those in need.”

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