The Olive Branch launches ‘dine and donate’ hospice campaign

The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland, has come up with a great foodie idea to raise funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. Throughout February 2018 the award-winning pub is charging just £10 for a two-course meal booked between 6.30pm and 7pm, Sunday to Friday. Diners are then given the opportunity to donate – however much they feel appropriate – in an envelope on their table. This will go to the hospice.

Dishes include beef short rib with slow roast onion, celeriac mash and red wine gravy; five-spiced honey glazed ham hock with mac ‘n’ Red Leicester and parsley sauce; and banana & custard crème brûlée with coconut sorbet.

Olive Branch co-owner Ben Jones said: “We have come to know all about Thorpe Hall’s great work by talking to guests and friends over the years. The wonderful thing about running a community pub is that we get to know many people. We hear both the happy and the sad.

“We were particularly touched by the hospice’s work with a friend, Simonetta, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and passed away six months later in August 2017. Her family have since set up a trust – www.tantocositrust.org. Some of Simonetta’s care was at Thorpe Hall. The hospice does a quite amazing job.”

This is the second consecutive year that The Olive Branch has run its February dine-and-donate campaign. Last year the pub raised £3,718 for the long-term rehabilitation of 19-year-old George Robinson, who suffered a serious spinal injury whilst playing rugby in South Africa for Stamford School in July 2015.

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.