The team at The Robin Hood, Overseal, are collecting donations to support those in their community struggling as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Pub partners, Ruth and Steve Lewis, are working alongside local charity A Gift From You, who have been helping the homeless and vulnerable in their community for two years. Together, they are collecting both monetary and food donations, which are distributed to households who have reached out for support. The pub is also supporting a ladies’ refuge centre and other charitable organisations, by supplying toiletries and other essential items.

The pub, owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a community pub operator which owns more than 700 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, reached out to local people via its Facebook page to ask for donations, and have received huge support for the initiative. The pub is now working with A Gift From You to help support over 75 households in the area.

Ruth said: “When I heard that families in our community were going hungry it broke my heart. We wanted to do something as a community to support those who are struggling, and the response has been wonderful. We have a collection point in the courtyard of our pub, and people have been donating as much as they can.”

Paula Cox, a volunteer for A Gift From You said: “As a charity, we are currently supporting more people than usual, and the support from Ruth and her community has made such a difference. We have been overwhelmed with donations, allowing us to help as many people as possible. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, if someone needs help we will do our best to help them.”

This is not the first time the team at The Robin Hood have stepped up to support their community. Last month, the pub distributed Easter goodie bags containing craft activities to local children, along with staff members dressed as cartoon characters.

Hawthorn Leisure CEO, Mark Davies, said: “It is amazing to see our pub partners working with their communities to support those in need. Thank you to Ruth and her team for the work you are doing.”

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