Stratford restaurant pulls out all the stops to raise £6,000 for local children’s charity

Pictured: Jonathan Lea, general manager at Loxleys; Sebastian Wojniusz, winner of the win-a-car raffle and Rachel Ollerenshaw, Molly Olly’s Wishes

A Stratford-upon-Avon restaurant has given a local charity a boost by raising nearly £6,000 to help terminally-ill children and their families.

Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar organised a charity raffle to raise cash for Molly Olly’s Wishes, which supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The gesture was part of Loxleys’ annual sponsorship of the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival, which took place on September 21st and 22nd. This year was the fourth year Loxleys has sponsored the festival and the family-run Sheep Street restaurant wanted to do even more in 2019, so added a Win A Car charity raffle.

Tickets were sold in the run up to the festival as well as at the event, where visitors could see the brand new Citroen C3 itself at the Loxleys stall on Bridge Street.

The total amount raised through ticket sales as well as a series of VIP fundraising dinners at Loxleys has been totted up and the restaurant can reveal it has raised a whopping £5,941.39.

The winner of the raffle, drawn by Molly Olly’s trustee Rachel Ollerenshaw, was lucky Sebastian Wojniusz who will have use of the brand new vehicle for a full year.

Jonathan Lea, General Manager at Loxleys, said: “Backing a local event like the food festival is always a highlight for us, but this year has been even more special. Being able to support a local charity that does so much to help children and their families is a real privilege and we’re delighted to have raised this amount of money for Molly Olly’s.”

Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families, granting individual wishes and donating therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK. The money donated will go towards helping grant some of those wishes and equipment.

Rachel Ollerenshaw, trustee of Molly Olly’s Wishes, said: “The kindness and support that Loxleys have given to help Molly Olly’s Wishes has been brilliant. It has been a great team effort and they have gone above and beyond to make a very real difference by raising funds and awareness.

“Despite the fact that they are very busy people, they have gone out of their way to do whatever they can. Thank you too must go to all the food festival organisers, businesses and individuals who helped sell raffle tickets and to those who bought them.”

The Stratford Town Centre Food Festival, organised by Stratforward Business Improvement District (BID), saw around 44,000 festival goers visit Stratford to enjoy free demonstrations, hands-on workshops, food and ale trails, live music and a 120-stall market showcasing local and regional producers.

They included Stratford resident and raffle winner Sebastian, who was trading at the festival with his business Fat Uncle Raclette, said: “I just can’t believe it. I entered because it was for charity and never expected to win. Now I have this brand new car for a year. Wow!”