Dukeries Lodge in Edwinstowe has become a ‘Purple Pub’ in support of families facing the toughest of times.
Staff at the renovated 18th century coaching inn have adopted Bluebell Wood as their charity of the year. They will be raising money for children and young adults whose lives are just too short by selling teddies, and including special items on their restaurant menu.
Bluebell Wood teddy bears are now in every hotel room at the High Street pub, with guests offered the chance to keep one in return for a donation to the charity.
Dukeries Lodge, which is managed by Karen Hooton, has also named a menu item after the charity. Every time a customer chooses a Bluebell Wood Burger, a triple stacked tower of gourmet beef burger, southern fried chicken and pulled pork with melted cheddar and bourbon barbecue sauce, the pub will donate 50p.
Assistant Manager John Manning said: “We all wanted to support a charity that cares for children and is fairly local to us, and we agreed that Bluebell Wood fitted the bill perfectly. We’re pleased to be able to do our bit for families in this area, and the whole team is looking forward to having fun raising as much as we can for this amazing cause.”
Melanie Rose, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re really impressed with the enthusiasm that Karen, John and the team have shown. They’ve jumped right in with some brilliant fundraising ideas, including the Bluebell Wood Burger, and we’re delighted they’re selling our teddy bears.
“Becoming a Purple Pub for Bluebell Wood is a fantastic way for pubs to help families facing incredibly tough times. Just by holding the kinds of events that customers enjoy, like quiz nights, raffles, darts and pool competitions or charity football matches, Purple Pubs can make a big difference for the children and young adults we support.”