The Golden Fleece, on the Pavement in York, has donated all its surplus stock to the nearby preschool at The Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, North Yorkshire, ahead of reopening on Monday 12 April.


The pub donated all its surplus crisps, snacks, nuts, juices and soft drinks, to show its appreciation for those who have kept working and keeping young children safe and learning throughout lockdown.


Many of Stonegate’s furloughed teams have stepped up during each lockdown to support their local communities in a variety of ways, from mass 3D printing PPE for NHS staff during the first lockdown, to free school meals in the second, to crocheting ‘fiddle blankets’ for dementia patients this time around. This new initiative allows the pubs to continue their central roles in their communities, despite doors being closed.


Vick Fenwick, who works at the preschool, shared her appreciation on Twitter: “A huge thanks to the team at The Golden Fleece in York who have kindly donated all sorts of treats to us at our preschool. It’s tough working through these times and keeping everyone safe, so this wonderful gesture has put a smile on all our faces! #grateful”


Colin Hawkins, Operations Director for Stonegate Pub Company, said: “We’re delighted to be able to give away our short-dated products to a range of worthwhile causes. We wanted to give each GM the autonomy to choose where it goes, as they all have relationships with their local charities and their fingers on the pulse of their local communities, to know exactly to who and where the food and drink would make the most difference.


“We’ve seen the most difficult year in most of our living memory over the last 12 months, but I’m delighted to say, against adversity, our teams continue to surprise us with their creativity, drive and ingenuity when it comes to making a difference to their local communities.”


Across Stonegate’s managed estate teams also continues to keep their customers entertained with weekly pub quizzes online, where both the company’s teams and customers take part. The Golden Fleece is dedicated to continuing customer engagement and support, despite lockdown and continues to look for ways, both little and large, to make a difference in the areas it serves.




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