‘Pay what you want’ at pub in aid of children’s charity

TEAM SPIRIT Simon Donnelly, David Burlace, Tallulah Rowsell, Sean Clapson (manager), Katy-Jane Morgan and Jacob Knight at The Wheelwright's Arms in Havant.
TEAM SPIRIT Simon Donnelly, David Burlace, Tallulah Rowsell, Sean Clapson (manager), Katy-Jane Morgan and Jacob Knight at The Wheelwright's Arms in Havant.
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A refurbished pub celebrated its first birthday with a special event to raise money for a local charity.

The Wheelwright’s Arms in Havant marked the milestone last week by holding a special ‘pay what you want’ charity event to raise money for Wave 105 Cash for Kids.

The pub welcomed over 80 guests for the evening dinner and raised £1,810 for local children.

The fundraising concept, where customers only pay what they feel the food and experience was worth, proved a huge hit.

All profits from the night were given to the charity, which works to support children up to the age of 18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.

The charity also encourages healthy lifestyle options by promoting physical, mental and general wellbeing of children and adolescents specifically within the Wave 105 region.

The Wheelwright’s Arms was refurbished and relaunched last year by the Upham Pub Company.

The event was its way of saying thank you for all the support over the past year, which it says has been a fantastic success.

The pub’s manager, Sean Clapson, said: ‘It was a proud night for everyone at The Wheelwright’s.

‘We were pleased to welcome loyal and new customers and to get behind a local charity that makes a real difference to the lives of children in the local area.

‘Our kitchen team is serving some of the best food in the area and it was a wonderful way to showcase their talents and to mark our first birthday.

‘Thank you to everyone who has been into the pub over the past 12 months and we look forward to the next 12.’

Guests were treated to sumptuous dishes from the pub’s summer menu including pan-fried cod fillet, Upham ale battered hake, slow-cooked pork belly, chorizo croquettes and fig, fennel and balsamic jam. Local Hampshire band, The Daughters of Davis, provided the musical entertainment, including a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ as The Wheelwright’s first birthday cake was served.