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Leicester restaurant provides free meals for local pensioners

Leicester restaurant provides free meals for local pensioners

French restaurant Bistrot Pierre opened its doors to a party of pensioners all nominated from its partner charity Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, to enjoy a three-course Menu Pierre meal for free.

In a charitable initiative held in the run-up to Christmas, Bistrot Pierre donated a free meal to a resident, carer or charity-user for every Sunday Christmas party booking of six people of more – which resulted in 30 free lunches for local Leicester-based residents on 17th January.

The Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland community outreach supports older residents in limited situations, who are often unable to leave their homes. The community service work tirelessly with nursing and hospice staff as well as residents, who often give their time on a voluntary basis.    

“For many older people, eating out is now seen as a luxury”, says Tony Donovan, executive director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, “With the cost-of-living crisis having a huge impact on their financial situation. Bistrot Pierre’s generosity in providing a free hot meal along with good company, lifted spirits and brightened up a cold January day.”

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland are one of 17 local charities that Bistrot Pierre has partnered with nationally in this initiative - all chosen for their support of older people in their communities, from befriending schemes and dementia-focused musical programmes to housing and sight assistance initiatives.  

“Community is at the heart of everything we do at Bistrot Pierre”, says Kam Chaggar, general manager of Bistrot Pierre Leicester, “And our initiative has been designed to support those most in need in our local areas. January can be a challenging time of year for any resident, but for the most vulnerable amongst us, there has never been more need for communities to open their doors and welcome our residents in.  

“We are really enjoyed welcoming each and every guest from Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland for a much-needed treat, a warm meal and an opportunity to create lasting memories.”

For further information about Bistrot Pierre and its support of local charities, please visit

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