Sportsman raises money to fund food donations
The Sportsman, a popular community pub in Musselburgh, has raised over £800 to support those in their community most in need.
Pub partner, Rebecca Fowler, made the decision to start a collection point after realising that many people, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, are at risk of not being able to get hold of essential items as a result of the Coronavirus. Foodbanks are also struggling to keep up with demand, meaning that initiatives like this are becoming increasingly necessary.
The pub, owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a community pub operator which owns more than 700 pubs across Scotland, England and Wales, appealed to customers and other members of the community to donate money, which was used to purchase items including tinned fruits and vegetables, jars of sauces, dry non-perishable foods and toiletries, which will be donated to those in the community who are struggling to make ends meet. For every donation, a raffle ticket was given, giving locals the chance to win a variety of donated prizes.
Rebecca said: “As a community pub, we feel a responsibility to ensure that our local people are supported. We are lucky enough to be in a position to offer our assistance, and this is the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together for a fantastic cause. We’ve had an incredible reaction, and have received more donations than we could have hoped for! We urge anyone who is struggling to get in touch with us.”
Hawthorn Leisure CEO, Mark Davies, said: “The Sportsman is a thriving community pub, and their support for the local community has shown a real sense of solidarity. We urge all of our pub partners to follow suit and support their communities in this time of uncertainty.”
To make a donation, or to receive support, please visit the pub’s Facebook page.
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.