How one local has supported locals

13 Apr 2021 11:03
Published by: Scott Callan


A YEAR on from being forced to close its doors because of coronavirus a popular Walshaw pub is reflecting on how it has used lockdowns to give back to the local community.

The Victoria has donated more than 5,000 meals to local families in need over the lockdown period.

Recognising the devastating impact the pandemic has had on so many members of the community, the pub committed to donating food to people in the area adversely affected by Covid-19 through three local charities - The Attic Project, Caritas Red Door in Bury and Trinity foodbank in Radcliffe.

In addition, the pub has cooked and donated more than 1,400 meals to local hospitals in conjunction with Meals 4 The NHS.

It has donated meals to volunteers at Roch Valley radio, supplied patients and staff on the Ramsbottom ward with a fish and chip supper and provided volunteers at charity Baby Basics with hot meals.

Landlady Lisa Moore said: “After we were forced to close last March, we quickly realised it was sink or swim. For the team at The Victoria, sinking simply wasn’t an option. 

“After the initial blind panic, we decided to do the two things we do best – serving the highest quality food and serving our local community – in a slightly different way.”

The business quickly adapted its menu to a takeaway service and it also made contact with several local charities to offer their support to vulnerable families who had been affected by lockdown.

Lisa added: “Here at The Victoria, the local community is at the heart of everything single thing we do - being there for our customers is what we love and what we do best.

“Whilst we’ve missed welcoming everyone to our usually busy bar and restaurant, being together in spirit has really kept us smiling through these difficult times.”


Michelle Delaney-Fargher from The Attic Project said: “The team at The Victoria have offered incredible support to so many communities across the borough.

“For The Attic Project alone, this includes the preparation of almost 800 hot meals to help our most vulnerable families.

“For many, this was the only home cooked meal they had that week. We are absolutely blown away by the kindness of Lisa and the team that has helped so many at this very difficult time, not only for us but for so many other community groups.

“We can’t wait to offer our support to The Victoria as it starts to reopen”.

 ‘The Vic’ is also committed to serving the local area through charity fundraising, community groups and the support of local good causes, including it’ “give back a day” scheme.

The donated meals are just one element of an extensive list of community-focused activity that the business has carried out during the pandemic, which includes:

·       Virtual Music Matinee via Facebook and the distribution of 75 cake selections to those in care homes, veterans and socially isolated

·       Donated over £1,000 to date to NHS Charities together from the sales of its takeaway service

·       Donated meals and items to Baby Basics Bolton and Bury

·       Handed goodies to the staff in Pennine House at Fairfield Hospital

·       Donated an iPad for the patients of Ramsbottom ward at Fairfield Hospital following a plea to allow their patients to communicate with their relatives and let them access games to help them whilst convalescing

·       Became a collection point for donations for Annabelle’s Challenge Vascular eds Charity 7 sack challenge and for donations to Porch Boxes in connection with Christ Church Walshaw

·       Accommodated NHS staff working on the front line needing to isolate free of charge in guest accommodation


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