Pubs’ pizza offer helps raise £1,000 for appeal

From left, Tobie Norris manager Will Fry, The Lord Nelson manager Adam Dale, The Thurlby Group operations manager Ross Dykes and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall regional fundraiser Alison Toomey.'Photo: MSMP041113-002ow
From left, Tobie Norris manager Will Fry, The Lord Nelson manager Adam Dale, The Thurlby Group operations manager Ross Dykes and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall regional fundraiser Alison Toomey.'Photo: MSMP041113-002ow
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Diners at two pubs in Stamford and Oakham have raised £1,000 for the appeal to rebuild Thorpe Hall Hospice.

The Thurlby Group pledged to donate £1 to the appeal every time a customer ordered from its “two for £20” pizza menu during the last two months.

Customers at the Tobie Norris in Stamford and The Lord Nelson in Oakham also filled collection tins on the bars to support the appeal.

Pub owner Mick Thurlby said: “Thorpe Hall is so local to us and it’s a cause that is very close to our hearts so we always like to support them when we can.

“The offer was running for two months and we raised just over £1,000 which is a really good amount. It’s great to be involved with the charity.”

The money was presented to regional fundraiser Alison Toomey this week, taking the appeal total to £1,549,468

Alison said: “This was a great initiative by the Thurlby Group which raised a huge amount of money. It really does show that the small amounts do add up and make a big difference to our appeal.”

The Sue Ryder charity needs to raise £6m to build a new 20-bed hospice in Peterborough. Work has already begun on site.

The charity shop closed this week and staff are moving stock to the old carpenter’s workshop which has been refurbished to house a bigger shop. It will open on Monday, November 18.

Refurbishment work is also well underway in the west wing of the existing building.

By the end of November the day service centre will reopen in this part of the building, providing a new setting for patients with long-term conditions such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

Upcoming events include a Dress for Less fashion show on Wednesday, December 4. It will take place at the executive suite at Peterborough United Football Ground at 7pm. Entry is £5 which includes a drink on arrival.

The hospice will also host a Lights of Love service on Sunday, December 15. It will include a carol concert, barbecue, refreshments, stalls, an appearance by Santa and fireworks finale.

Guests will also be able to leave a special star on a Christmas tree in memory of loved ones.

Organiser Jackie Page said: “For many years Lights of Love has marked the start of Christmas at Thorpe Hall. It’s a chance for staff, volunteers and visitors to think about loved ones at what can be such a busy time.”