Popular restaurant chain's brilliant gesture raises nearly £21,000 for Italian earthquake victims

Oakman Inns raised nearly £21,000 with its #EatForItaly pledgeOakman Inns raised nearly £21,000 with its #EatForItaly pledge
Oakman Inns raised nearly £21,000 with its #EatForItaly pledge
Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which was founded in Tring and operates three pub-restaurants in Dacorum, has announced it raised nearly £21,000 with its #EatForItaly fundraising drive in the wake of the Italian earthquake.

Oakman - which runs The Kings Arms in Berkhamsted, The Akeman in Tring and The Red Lion in Water End - operates another 13 pubs across Herts, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and The West Midlands will be sending a cheque for £20,744 to The Italian Red Cross to support their relief efforts in Amatrice and the surrounding areas.

The money was raised directly from the net sale of the chain’s pizza and pasta dishes and will provide some respite for the hard-pressed victims and their families.

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Because of its strong connections with Italy, Oakman decided to raise the money as soon as the full devastation became apparent.

Oakman Inns chief executive Peter Borg-NealOakman Inns chief executive Peter Borg-Neal
Oakman Inns chief executive Peter Borg-Neal

Using the social media hashtag #EatForItaly, customers were encouraged to show their support over three days by ordering a pizza or pasta dish instead of one of the pub’s other 40+ dishes.

The firm’s CEO and founder Peter Borg-Neal, explained: “It was very touching to see the support that so many of our customers gave the campaign and they all deserve a huge round of applause for their support as the final result has exceeded our expectations.”

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