Pub diners’ support for charities

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THE Old Thatched Inn, at Adstock, has raised more than £800 for local and national charities since April this year through its successful Charity Dish donation scheme.

Each month, the pub, which won Aylesbury Vale Village Pub Of The Year 2010, selects a nominated charity to receive a percentage of the proceeds of one of the dishes on its menu.

The Old Thatched Inn aims to support charities local to the area and those with a connection to the local community, and many of the suggestions for charities have come from the pub’s patrons.

Owner Andrew Judge said: “We feel incredibly strongly that part of our overall offering is to support our local community. That ranges from sourcing produce from our local farmers and suppliers where we can, to supporting our local schools and clubs when they hold fundraising events and now also recognising the invaluable work that a lot of charities do within our community.”

The first donation of £122 went to the Puzzle Centre in Middle Claydon, a charity for pre-school children with autism. Other charities to benefit have been Help For Heroes, Whizz Kids, the Band of the Scots Guards, the Merryn Allen Sunflower Fund, The Lymphoma Association and La Esperanza Homes Of Hope for families in the slums of Nicaragua. Customers can nominate a charity online at www.theoldthatchedinn.co.uk