Leamington pizza restaurant helps feed cold and hungry fundraisers at charity sleepout event

Helping Hands held its annual ‘sleepout’ event last week.
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Warm-hearted restaurateurs in Leamington turned up at a charity sleepout in the town centre to feed cold and hungry fundraisers.

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Geanina Lacraru, who runs We Love Pizza in Regents Place with her partner Jose Ribeiro, handed out pizzas to more than 50 people who took part in the Helping Hands Community Project’s Big Sleepout last Friday (February 9).

Geanina Lacraru of We Love Pizza presenting the pizzas to Rob Langley-Swain of Helping Hands. Photo suppliedGeanina Lacraru of We Love Pizza presenting the pizzas to Rob Langley-Swain of Helping Hands. Photo supplied
Geanina Lacraru of We Love Pizza presenting the pizzas to Rob Langley-Swain of Helping Hands. Photo supplied

The giveaway was the latest in a series of gestures by the restaurant to support the charity over the years since it opened in 2020.

Geanina said: “The date coincided with National Pizza Day and what better opportunity to share a ‘Random Act of Pizza’ with the ones that need the most and most times are forgotten, even when they are all around us in our daily life.

“The event aims to raise awareness of homelessness and some of its causes, issues which face so many in our community in Leamington.

“In the winter months with longer, darker and colder nights, charities such as Helping Hands are more in demand than ever. This is just the right time to give these organisations the boost they need.”

Pizzas being handed out. Photo suppliedPizzas being handed out. Photo supplied
Pizzas being handed out. Photo supplied

The event, which is in its ninth year, was held at All Saints’ Parish Church and raises vital funds for Helping Hands, a charity which raises awareness of the causes and effects of homelessness within the local community.

Spokesperson for the charity, Kerry Steward, said: “The pizza was devoured and enjoyed by all 50 attendees of the event as well as volunteers and staff team, adding a bit of extra cheer to what was a very cold and wet night.

“We Love Pizza have been a wonderful support to us over the years, most recently gifting pizzas to us to celebrate with our volunteers who were awarded the Kings Award for Voluntary Services back in November last year.

“They have also delivered pizzas on nights sponsored by local corporate groups and included extras to our evening soup kitchens where we provide up to 50 meals a night to some of the most vulnerable people within our community.”

Geanina and Jose reopened their doors to diners with a new look restaurant more than three years after the pandemic forced it to pivot into takeaway food.

They unveiled the two-storey dining space above the take-out business, in Regents Place, in response to customer demand.

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