The Ashmore Inn, Wolverhampton has been transformed into a volunteer-run foodbank for the local community, as well as donating to local NHS staff.

Pub partner, Kevin Ward, recently launched the ASHMA C19 Support Group, which aims to support those in the community who are struggling to put food on the table as a result of Coronavirus. Using the pub’s Facebook page, the team asked for donations of food and other essential items from local people, which they are then giving away via a volunteer-run foodbank at the pub. Anyone in need of assistance is encouraged to visit the foodbank. The team are also donating additional items to Outreach, a local foodbank in Wolverhampton.

The pub, owned by Hawthorn, a community pub operator which owns more than 700 pubs across Scotland, England and Wales, is also supporting the NHS by collecting moisturisers to donate to front-line workers at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. The pub has also received donations of artwork and a signed Wolves shirt, which are being auctioned on the pub’s Facebook page, with all money to be donated to the NHS.

Kevin said: “I can’t thank people enough, we’ve received some fantastic donations and the community should be very proud. There are so many people who have been willing to give and share with others, it’s truly amazing.”

Jane Stevenson, MP for Wolverhampton North East, said: “I have been struck by the strong sense of community spirit in Wolverhampton North East, with many volunteer organisations and businesses such as The Ashmore Inn doing whatever they can to make life a bit easier for people as we fight the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you Kevin, and all of the staff at The Ashmore Inn for the incredible service you are providing to the Ashmore Park community at this difficult time.”

Mark Brooke, Senior Operations Director for Hawthorn, said: “We are delighted that our partners are showing such initiative during this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a country. It is more important than ever that our pubs are community hubs, so we urge everyone in the Hawthorn team to pull together and continue to support those in need.”

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