Parogon Group’s latest restaurant The Red House in Lilleshall has handed over more than £1,754 to the Newport Foodbank this week.
The team at the Wellington Road gastro pub which opened in September held an official “dry run” for a weekend before officially opening. They invited family, friends, colleagues and local businesses to dine at The Red House in order to finalise the dishes, showcase the new interior and to provide training to the team.
Rather than paying for their food, guests were asked to donate to the venue’s chosen charity, Newport Foodbank. This resulted in the fantastic amount which was presented to the foodbank this week.
Ben Allison, Compliance and Projects Manager for Parogon Group commented: “We are over the moon to be able to offer such a great sum to such a worthy cause. It’s a substantial amount of money to be raised over the course of three days and we can’t thank those who kindly donated enough.
“We take pride in our fundraising efforts at the Parogon Group and feel it is essential to give back to the amazing charities surrounding our venues. We’re also currently fundraising for the Dougie Mac who also received a donation from our dry runs.
“The response The Red House has had in the month that it’s been open is phenomenal, so to have a great opening and be able to fundraise a great amount for some wonderful charities has given the whole Parogon team a boost.”
Newport Foodbank opened six years ago and operates thanks to the support of a body of 10 regular volunteers.
Newport Foodbank co-ordinator Cat Finch, said: “We’re extremely grateful to all of the customers and staff at The Red House for this donation as we couldn’t operate without the support and generosity of local people and businesses.
“This donation will go towards our running costs which include our storage and premises rental and our weekly costs.”
Anyone interested in volunteering at Newport foodbank can email firstname.lastname@example.org