Punch welcomes care home residents with free carvery dinners

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Duncan Garrood: 'We believe actions speak louder than words'
Duncan Garrood: 'We believe actions speak louder than words'

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Pubco Punch has hosted a free carvery for residents and carers at its pub the Blacksmiths Arms, in Burton-upon-Trent, as part of an ongoing initiative to give something back to the local community.

Residents from Carden Bank Care Home were the first to enjoy what will be a regular quarterly event held with different communities that surround Punch pub sites across the country.

A spokesperson for the pubco told The Morning Advertiser​ the initiative “aims to give back to the community while encouraging those members who don’t visit pubs that regularly to socialise and interact with others more in the welcoming environment of the pub”.

In addition to food and drink, Punch laid on bingo and other after-lunch entertainment. Attendees were also given flowers and chocolates.

Chief executive Duncan Garrood, who helped serve the two-course lunch, said “This was a fantastic event to support the elderly community in Burton. I thoroughly enjoying getting to know these amazing people, serving their favourite roast dinners and spending time with the carers to understand the incredible work they carry out on a day-to-day basis.

“'The pub is the heart of the community' is a term often used in our industry. We believe actions speak louder than words, and have therefore committed to holding similar activities on a quarterly basis to give something back to the communities in which we live and work.”

Parveen Aktar, deputy manager at the Staffordshire care home, added: “The outing has really done residents good. It’s great for them to get out and socialise in a homely environment – we are really honoured to have been chosen for this.

"The carvery was delicious and a few went back for seconds. I think it takes a company with heart to do this kind of thing.”  

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