‘An example and inspiration’ – pub offers free dinners to elderly during freezing weather

By Nikkie Sutton

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Community support: the pub started the initiative to help the elderly (image credit: the Bridge Facebook)
Community support: the pub started the initiative to help the elderly (image credit: the Bridge Facebook)

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A Welsh pub has announced it will deliver free roast dinners to elderly diners who are unable to get out, due to the plummeting temperatures.

The Bridge pub in Llangennech, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, announced its plan on social media and was met with resounding support.

The post said: “Do you have elderly or less-able family and friends around Llanelli who might not come out in the cold?

“Let us know who [and] we will deliver them two carveries free of charge. Will do this every day this week. Let’s beat the #BeastFromTheEast.”

Wonderful thing to do

The post had more than 400 shares in less than 24 hours and was liked over 200 times.

Users responded on the pub’s Facebook page, lauding the initiative. One said: “What a wonderful thing to do. So generous.”

Another two hailed the offer as a “lovely thing to do”. One comment said: “You truly are an example and an inspiration. Thank you.”

The pub also posted a picture on its Facebook page yesterday that said: “Great to meet Ifano tonight… and give him two free diners in this very cold weather.

“Fighting the #BeastFromTheEast. We’ll deliver two free dinners again tomorrow.”

The offer was also posted on the pub’s Twitter account, where it got 169 retweets and 253 likes. Users also responded positively to the post on Twitter.

One said: “Absolutely amazing idea guys. Maybe some restaurants will follow suit in this horrid weather. What about giving it to the homeless some time?”

Community support

The pub is run by husband-and-wife team Katie and Jonathan Norbury. Jonathan said: “People have inboxed us on social media and we have had phone calls. We didn’t think it would be this noticed.”

He predicted the pub would serve anywhere between six and 10 roast dinners, meaning there was the demand for it.

He added: “Especially with this weather, it doesn’t look like it is going to get any warmer and it looks like there is snow on the way, so there will definitely be more than two today.

“We are not going to change the world, but it is nice to help the elderly.

“We feel very supported by the community. They support our restaurant as a lot of people eat with us. We do a lot of fundraising events and we support sports teams so it is a small way of giving back. This is something we could do to support them back.”

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