Tring pub's popular pizzas raise thousands for Rennie Grove Hospice Care

A team of volunteers from The Akeman ran a pizza takeaway service during lockdown
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A pub manager in Tring has kept herself busy during lockdown by running a pizza takeaway service, with all profits going to local charity, Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Kate Smith, general manager at The Akeman, in Tring, wanted to do something worthwhile during lockdown while she was on furlough.

She approached her boss, Peter Borg-Neal - whose pub group Oakman Inns, owns The Akeman, and asked him to lend her the pub, for free.

On the right, Kate Smith, The Akemans GM, handing over their donation to Claire Redrup, Rennie Grove Hospice Cares Community & Events Fundraising ManagerOn the right, Kate Smith, The Akemans GM, handing over their donation to Claire Redrup, Rennie Grove Hospice Cares Community & Events Fundraising Manager
On the right, Kate Smith, The Akemans GM, handing over their donation to Claire Redrup, Rennie Grove Hospice Cares Community & Events Fundraising Manager

Kate organised a team of Akeman volunteers to run a pizza takeaway service, selling their wood-fired pizzas with all the profits going to local charity, Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

The pizzas had to be pre-ordered and were only available Thursday to Saturday.

She said: “My team and I really wanted to do something worthwhile during lockdown while we were on furlough.

"Thanks to Oakman donating the premises to us we could continue creating our award-winning pizzas to takeaway.

"Our regulars were clearly missing our pizzas and we were overcome by the incredible support we received.

"With their support and the professionalism and generosity of spirit shown by our team, we’ve been able to donate £10,000 to support the vital work provided by local hospice charity, Rennie Grove.”

Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in West Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The charity’s Community and Events Fundraising Manager, Claire Redrup, said: “We’re so grateful to all the team at The Akeman for their amazing contribution of £10,000.

"They all used their time when furloughed to keep serving their community delicious pizzas and their £10,000 donation will help support our nurses care for patients diagnosed with life limiting illnesses.

"Our charity is facing a funding crisis: every one of our 28 charity shops has been closed, all our planned fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed while demand for our care increases daily.

"We need all the support we can get and are delighted that Kate and her team chose to support us instead of putting their feet up during furlough.

"Thank you and we look forward to coming back to The Akeman."

The Akeman re-opened on Saturday, July 4.

For more information visit: www.theakeman.co.uk.

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