New books for Red Hill thanks to kind-hearted regulars

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Once again, the Alexandra pub’s generous regulars have come up trumps, raising £440.50 to fund kids’ books. Money raised will be used to purchase new books for the Red Hill pre- in South Africa.

Red Hill is a place close to the heart of the pub’s Landlord, Lawrence Shirley. This time last year, Lawrence (known as ‘Loz’) spent time volunteering at the pre- which is nestled amongst the mountains, high above Cape Town.

A large township, Red Hill is home to 2,500 people. It has been slowly expanding over the last 20 years to house displaced Africans and refugees living in poverty.

The pre-school is housed in an old freight container and 30 children between the ages of 2 and 6 attend 5 days a week. The children are also provided with two meals each day and educational activities.


Group Red hill with the Alex


Lawrence (pictured in white T-shirt) explained:

After spending time with the children and getting to know them this time last year, Red Hill is a place very close to my heart.

It’s important to me to keep the relationship going so we’re delighted to be providing them with books for their new .

Education is the primary route out of poverty but resources in Red Hill are very scarce. We want to do everything we can to help these children have a chance at a real future.

The Alexandra raised the funds by giving out free bacon butties and asking customers for a donation in return. They also offered cocktails and shots for Halloween night but also, simply asked locals for donations.

Staff member Jess Bagley adds:

We’re always astounded by the generosity of our locals. They’ll do anything to support a worthy cause and we’re extremely grateful to them.

The Alexandra can be found on Prospect Place, , North Yorkshire, HG1 1LB


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