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Burnham Market restaurant presents £5,000 cheque to community hospital


By Lynn News Reporter


Burnham Market restaurant Socius is an unusual restaurant in that it not only serves locally-sourced top-class food for its many diners but in the process also raises large amounts of money for local charities.

Last Wednesday at the restaurant situated close by the Market Place they presented a cheque for £5,106 to the Wells Community Hospital Trust chairwoman, Rebecca Myers, general manager Samantha Taylor and volunteer, Valerie Baxter.

The money was raised by asking customers to add a discretionary £1 payment to every bill. “The main reason is that we want to be a part of the local community,” said Dan Lawrence.

Against the backdrop of a 'wine wall' Daniel Lawrence and Natalie Stuhler present their donation to Wells Community Hospital general manager, Samantha Taylor, chair Rebecca Myers and volunteer, Valerie Baxter. MLNF-19PB08651 (15424582)
Against the backdrop of a 'wine wall' Daniel Lawrence and Natalie Stuhler present their donation to Wells Community Hospital general manager, Samantha Taylor, chair Rebecca Myers and volunteer, Valerie Baxter. MLNF-19PB08651 (15424582)

Socius opened 19 months ago and this was their second fund-raising effort. Their first raised around £3,500 for Nelson’s Journey.

The aim is to choose charities the couple have a connection with or ones they feel strongly about.

Mrs Lawrence said: “We pick smaller, more independent rather than national charities.

“We are now considering which charity we would like to support next and we do one in mind.”

The restaurant focuses on serving tapas dishes to provide diners with a variety of taste experiences. General manager Samantha Taylor said: “We source everything where local is best,” said Mr Lawrence underlying the high quality of locally-made cheeses, shellfish, game in season and vegetables. Wells Community hospital receives no core funding from the NHS or any statuary body so donations help us cover our running costs.”

The hospital provides health and well-being services whichenable people to remain independent longer by the provision of preventative clinical services and non-clinical therapeutic support.

Serving a wide area into north-west Norfolk, it addresses a wide range of social, emotional and practical needs thus enabling people to take greater control of their own health.

Mrs Taylor thanked Natalie and Dan praising the “incredible amount they had raised for the hospital”.

Pictured above, Dan Lawrence and Natalie Stuhler present the cheque to Wells Community Hospital general manager, Samantha Taylor, chair Rebecca Myers and volunteer, Valerie Baxter.MLNF-19PB08651



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