Charity cash on a plate for children’s hospice at Wrexham restaurant

A Wrexham restaurant served up a breakfast treat and raised a plateful of cash for a good cause.

Frankie & Benny’s at the Eagles Meadows shopping centre raised more than £200 for Hope House Children’s Hospices by donating all the food from the sale of cooked breakfasts from 9am until noon.

Restaurant manager Peter Cross was delighted with the response and revealed charity fund-raising breakfasts are set to be on his menu on a regular basis.

He said: “When a customer orders a breakfast we serve them and whatever the bill comes to goes to the charity. For this first event we chose Hope House Children’s Hospices but it is entirely down to each Frankie & Benny’s outlet which charity they decide to support.

“We are thrilled to have raised more than £200 from this first event which is excellent considering we didn’t advertise the event as such.

“Our customers are really delighted when we explain that the cash from their order is going to a good cause and not into the till.”

Tucking into a full British fry-up ahead of a trip to the Odeon Cinema at Eagles meadow to see the latest blockbuster, Les Misérables, four friends, Christine Minshaw, Rebecca Cadwallader, Tracey Thornley and Debbie Evans declared the charity breakfast scheme an instant hit.

Farmer’s wife, Debbie Evans, of Beeston, Cheshire said: “I think it’s a superb idea and can’t think of a better way to raise a few pounds for charity than tucking into a delicious cooked breakfast.

“I also think it’s brilliant that a company such as Frankie & Benny’s is putting something back into society too. I fully support the idea even if I have probably eaten too much especially before going to the cinema!”

Housewife, Christine Minshaw, of Bangor-on-Dee agreed adding: “Hope House is a fabulous good cause and the Frankie & Benny’s concept is brilliant.

“It’s certainly made for an enjoyable start to our cinema trip out and the food was superb too.”

Knockin housewife Rebecca Cadwallader said: “We have all been friends for a long time and meet up to go to the cinema together or to shop on a quite regular basis.

“The charity breakfast idea is brilliant and it’s nice to see a company such as Frankie & Benny’s putting corporate responsibility ahead of profit.

“I certainly support the idea and it has been a great way to start our day. The food was first class.”

Tracey Thornley, of Oswestry who works as an office manager at a doctor’s surgery, said: “It was a cracking breakfast, spot on, and a great way to start our day out together.

“It’s a perfect way to support such a worthwhile charity as Hope House and I’m so pleased we came here. I hope the idea catches on and we see more companies giving it a go. Well done to Frankie & Benny’s and to Eagles Meadow!”

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