A Kettering family, who had their lives turned upside down 10 weeks ago when their eight week old son Jack was diagnosed with liver disease, were named Family of the Year last Saturday (17 March).
Kettering Business Park pub, the Hobsons Choice, which has received a £300,000 investment from pub owners Spirit Pub Company, re-launched on Saturday as a Fayre & Square and invited the Wilkinson family to be their VIPs for the day.
The Wilkinsons; mum Janet, dad Anthony and baby Jack who is now 18 weeks old, were nominated by the team at the Hobsons Choice to receive a well deserved treat.
Jack, who was born 4 November 2011, may need a liver transplant before the end of the year. Since receiving this heartbreaking news the family have put all their efforts into fundraising for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and have raised in excess of £1,000 in just four weeks through various activities.
Hobsons Choice general manager, Daryl Chapman, said: “Janet and her family were the perfect choice to be our Family of the Year and officially open our pub. Even while going through such a difficult time they are committed to support and raise funds for state-of-the-art equipment that will not only benefit Jack but also other children that use the hospital.”
The Wilkinsons not only received complimentary meals and drinks at the pub –which had a Free Family Fun Day to celebrate the launch – have also been put forward for the nationwide competition to be crowned Fayre & Square’s Family of the Year, which will conclude in June 2012.
Daryl added: “The launch has been a huge success and it was great to see our guests getting involved in our Family Fun Day and tucking into our new dishes including The Mighty Fisherman’s Feast, Toad in the Hole, Mac & Cheese New Yorker and the Cookie Dough Pizza sharing dessert.”
Spirit Pub Company is delivering Fayre and Square to provide great value to their guests, all day every day, with clear pricing and no hidden extras.
Photo caption: General manage of Hobsons Choice, Daryl Chapman (left) shows off the new Square Burger with Family of the year Janet and Antony Wilkinson.