Wiltshire pub adds £1 to bill and raises thousands for Salisbury homeless charity

CUSTOMERS at a Wiltshire pub were happy to pay a little more for their meals to raise more than £3,000 for a Salisbury-based homeless charity.

Throughout last year, customers at the Red Lion in East Chisenbury were asked if they were happy to add a £1 donation to their restaurant bill which would be donated to the Salisbury Trust for the Homeless (STFH).

Across the 12 months, not one customer turned down the opportunity, raising a total of £3,360 for the cause.

The money will be put to good use, as STFH helps people living on the streets rebuild their lives.

Guy Manning, who owns the Red Lion with wife Brittany, has a history of supporting fundraising initiatives, including driving a truckload of blankets and clothes to Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

Combined with Barry Chamberlin, a resident who sold kindling at the pub to support STFH, a partnership was born.

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“I had been wanting to help the less fortunate and it is appropriate to give something back to people who are struggling with housing and food bills,” Guy said.

Head of fundraising for STFH, Gordon Pardy, added: “We are incredibly grateful to Guy, Martin [Edwards, pub manager], Barry and everybody at the Red Lion for their help.

“STFH is a local charity which receives no funding from either central or local government, so we are very much dependent on the support of organisations and individuals in Wiltshire.”

Founded in 1987, STFH helps clients regain confidence, learn life skills and find employment opportunities, as well as providing support with mental health, budgeting and addiction issues.

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