Wetherspoon is to invest an initial £11 million to ensure that its staff and customers are safe before its pubs reopen
Social distancing measures will result in the employment of two full time staff per pub, slightly more for bigger pubs, who will regularly clean surfaces and touch points throughout the pubs.
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White Hart shows its heart
Emma Sommerford, Gemma Gillingham, Daryl Goddard, Phil Hackett, White Hart Aylesbury and Rachel Turner (Area Manager) spent some lockdown time decorating the pub in appreciation of the fab NHS.
Lauren Rhodes, Crown Inn, Knaresborough, has been offering a dog walking service for all key workers in her estate - It’s called ‘pro-bone-o’ dog walking!
Jonathon Britten, Great Glen, Fort William, has been volunteering his services for the local residents of Ballachulish.
Having recently moved to this breath-taking part of Scotland, Jonathon got to work helping many of the villagers receive vital medical supplies and food.
One little duck
Donna Walker, Sir John Moore, Glasgow, arranged a street bingo night for her elderly neighbours with a collection donated to the local foodbank.
It’s a pugs’ life
Sharon Queen, The Coal Orchard, Taunton, has been using her lockdown time to make ’social distancing’ t shirts for pugs to raise money for charities working to stop animal cruelty in Asia.
Teams from our Sheffield pubs donated food and orange juice to the Sheffield S6 food bank.
Andy Woolley, Francis Newton, Sheffield, offered the use of free car parking spaces at the pub to NHS staff.
Jacqueline Morrison provides her local care home with a donation of essentials.
Happy 50th Saul
Sarah Rimmer, a loyal Spoons customer, wanted to treat her boyfriend to his favourite tipple of Black Bottle brandy as a birthday surprise.
Sarah wrote to us, saying ‘’my soon to be 50-year old boyfriend, Saul, loves going to ‘Wethers’ for Black Bottle brandy. There is only you and Australia that provide this beverage! I was hoping that due to the current situation you may be able to help me out to provide a little bit of a celebration for what should be a massive birthday!’’
Thanks to help from supplier, Paragon brands, we managed to get a bottle over to Sarah in time for the big celebration – another satisfied customer.
Cookies for Courtney
Courtney Buckenham, Kings head hotel, Beccles, is 8 months pregnant and craving for our cookie dough sandwich. Courtney said ‘’I've tried other cookie doughs to see if that helps me but it's just not the same!’’
In your hour of need Courtney and thanks to the help of our supplier, Sidoli, a cookie dough sandwich parcel is on its way.
Home sweet home
Dean Looney, Liberty Bounds, London, shared this heart-warming story of generosity towards others.
“I was living at my Nan's whilst working at Liberty Bounds but I got caught up down in Essex during start of lockdown. It was too dangerous to go back to my Nan's, so I was stuck in limbo on a sofa for a few weeks - my next step would have been a tent in a field!”
“10 days ago I got very lucky and found a lovely country B&B that is preparing 150 meals every few days for ICU staff at Basildon Hospital, and as long as I volunteer around the grounds doing landscaping and help make the meals for the staff at the local hospital I am free to stay until this is over. Andrew and Caroline Metcalfe and family who run Downham Hall are amazing and the work they are doing for meals for NHS staff is incredible. People's generosity during these difficult times is outstanding – I would have been homeless without them”.
“If anybody wants a lovely country retreat in Essex when this is all over, then Downham Hall is a great place.”
Thank you Andrew and Caroline from Dean, and us all!
We’ll meet again
Nico Williams and his team from Stannary Court, Plympton, are using the prominent town centre pub location to thank NHS and key workers whilst comforting customers that ‘we’ll meet again…’
Nico said ‘’The team had the idea of doing something with our large shop frontage and our fantastic relationship with our blackboard artist brought it to life.’
Laura Plummer, The John Fielding, Cwmbran, is an avid crocheter and decided to put her creative skill to great use during lockdown.
Laura said ‘’I have been crocheting Frontline bears for NHS workers for the last 4 weeks. Her family of over 20 bears have been donated to carers, nurses, doctors and key workers.
Some bears have been made for free, and for those NHS workers that have insisted on paying, I will be donating the extra money to the NHS.
Good shed… Denis
Denis Williams is missing his local Spoons in Durham so much during lockdown, he has created one in his summerhouse.
Retired foundry worker Denis said ‘’I’m missing the pub for the crack we have with friends so we thought why not turn the summerhouse into a pub? I’ll be straight back to the real one when it reopens, though’’.
We’ll be waiting to welcome Denis back with his favourite tipple in the not too distant future.
Gail Briscoe, Market Cross, Holywell has joined forces with the local community to provide 1199 free meals for NHS workers at Glan Clwyd Hospital Bodelwyddan, Wales, helping to achieve her mission to ‘feed our frontline workers’.
Siobhan Hodge and Vikki Peverley, The Electrical Wizard, Morpeth, with their sons Max and Toby, have joined the volunteers in Morpeth Isolation Support Group. This team helps the elderly and vulnerable across the town by doing their grocery shopping and collecting prescriptions.
Vikki also ran an Easter Egg raffle via Facebook to raise money for a local family in need. She raised over £300.
During lockdown, Natalie Mays, Wyndham Arms, Bridgend, has raised over £500 for charity.
Emma Stewart, The Red Lion, Bedlington, who runs the weekly pub bingo, went door to door and hand delivered Easter Eggs to her bingo ladies and gents – the perfect Easter bunny.
Amy Lambert, The Central Bar, Carrickfergus has organised a bonus ball on her Facebook page and raised £127 for CLIC Sargent and £50 for the winner.
Home heroes - The 2.6 Challenge
CLIC Sargent is joining together with other UK charities in a brand new virtual challenge.
Whether you're running around the balcony for 2.6 miles, doing 26 press-ups with the dog on your back or bench-pressing 26 kilos with your grandchildren, we welcome your help to save the UK's charities. For more information, please click here.
For the love of scrubs
Shafia Philpot, Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge has been busy sewing over 100 scrub bags for nurses and key NHS workers in Tonbridge. Scrub bags are used to transport contaminated uniform or scrubs safely home for washing and vital in helping to reduce the transfer of coronavirus.
Ready. Set. Murph.
Frank Romano, from The Sheaf Island, Sheffield, is using his lockdown time to complete the incredible Murph Challenge.
A Murph consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and then another 1 mile run.
Currently on day 8 of the challenge, Frank says ‘’I’m doing a Murph workout every day, for 30 days, with Chris Rose, who also works at my pub. I’ve just reached £500 and I’m aiming for £1000 to donate to the NHS.”
NHS and key worker heroes
To express their gratitude for our NHS and key worker heroes, Mike Loveridge and his team from Swan & Angel, St Ives and Linda Coxshill and her team from Royal Hop Pole, Tewkesbury decorated their pub fronts with thank-you rainbows and messages from the local communities.
Providing PPE for NHS front line staff
Luke Dwyer, from The Golden Hope, Sittingbourne, has converted his 3D printer into a mask and visor making machine for NHS Medway Maritime hospital, Kent.
Lisa Watkins, from Malthouse, Willenhall, has been doing the same for her local NHS team in Cannock and Staffordshire.
Make mine a marathon
The team from Wetherspoons, Leeds Train Station, have been raising money for the NHS in a truly marathon way.
Chloe Reece said ‘’We decided, as a pub, to run, walk, cycle every day to collectively match the length of a marathon (42.2km). Originally we were going to do this over a period of time however, the first day we set this up, the majority of our team walked, ran, cycled and we covered the distance of a marathon. Due to the eagerness of our pub team to help raise money for the NHS we have decided to cover the length of a marathon each day as we quickly realised this is a reasonable target for us all!’’
The Marathon team have raised £500 so far with all monies donated to NHS Charities.
Essex Easter bunnies - facemasks sent to Rochford NHS Hospital
A big thank you from the community palliative care team at NHS Rochford Hospital, Essex. The face mask donation from the Wetherspoon distribution centre in Daventry is invaluable and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kindness.
They made today's masks into Easter bunnies, put a smile on patient's faces at very difficult and unprecedented times.
Many thanks again from Danielle Hooper, The World’s Inn, Romford.
6,500 cases of fresh food donated to The His Church Charity
Our team at the Wetherspoon distribution centre in Daventry have been busy during lock down - donating over 6,500 cases of fresh food to the HIS Church Charity which provides food and aid to people in need locally and nationally. In addition, they donated over 250 cases of fresh food to local care homes in the Daventry area.
The His Church charity have now distributed over 750,000 meals since the outbreak, thanks to donors like Wetherspoon.
Wetherspoon pubs make huge donation to social supermarket after mass shut-down
Published in The Coventry Telegraph online on 23 March 2020
Two Wetherspoon pubs in Coventry have made a huge donation to the city’s new social supermarket after closing their doors in the mass shut-down.
The Flying Standard and the City Arms have given away crates of food that would otherwise have been thrown out after the Government clamped down on social meeting places in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The supplies, including 1,000 eggs, packs of sausages and boxes of fruit and veg, will be split between the affordable supermarket, which opened its doors to some of the city’s most vulnerable and impoverished people two weeks ago, and Coventry Foodbank.
Henry House, team leader at the City Arms, coordinated the Wetherspoon delivery with managers from both sites and the team at Feeding Coventry, which runs the supermarket.
The charity will use the food to replenish its stocks, which have been hit by panic-buying, and distribute a share to the city’s Foodbank.
Ellie House, project manager at Feeding Coventry, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the generous donations that have come in from local pubs and restaurants who are facing their own unprecedented difficulties. We would like to send a huge shout out to The City Arms and the Flying Standard for thinking of us at this time.”