Landlord turns pubs closed due to tier 3 rules into drop-off sites for charity donations to help those in need this Christmas
A caring pub boss is hoping to support the community this Christmas as his venues remain closed under Tier 3 Covid restrictions.
Landlord Michael Ward – who saved the Marsden Inn from closure when he took over last Christmas – is determined to do his bit to bring some festive cheer to the people of South Tyneside during this difficult time.
Michael, who also became the new boss at The Lookout on the Lawe Top in 2019, has launched campaign; ‘Sharing is Caring’ in a bid to provide small gifts and essentials to some of the most vunlerable people in the borough.
Teaming up with a number of charities and organisations in South Tyneside, Michael hopes members of the public will donate items ranging from toiletries to toys that can be gifted to people in need.
He said: “Although the pubs are not able to open we want to do what we can to help people across South Tyneside.
"We are asking people who would like to drop off items to The Lookout or The Marsden Inn between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
People can leave items at the door and if they can’t drop them off we can come and pick items up.
"We are looking for anything – even just bars of soap, flannels and deodorants.
"I posted it on Facebook and the response has been absolutely amazing,” he said.
The Marsden Inn is running a takeaway Sunday dinner service and is also providing takeaway Christmas dinners.