A RESTAURANT owner who donated free meals to the elderly and vulnerable during lockdown has racked up more than 700 free deliveries across the borough.

Brendan West, owner of the Rose and Crown in Hoylandswaine, has been offering takeaway meals to people who are at risk of contracting Covid-19 since March.

The pub, which has now reopened after lockdown restrictions were lifted, has delivered more than 730 meals to people in the past four months.

Brendan told the Chronicle: “To hit that 700 deliveries milestone has been absolutely amazing - it’s quite overwhelming to look back.

“A lot of our customers are elderly and we wanted to show we were there for them when times got tough.

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“I had the facilities to make it happen and knew I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. We were in the position to give back even when we were closed.”

Last month the pub reopened its doors to customers, although this hasn’t stopped deliveries to Hoylandswaine, Penistone, Silkstone and Cawthorne.

“It has been a bit of a struggle for the pub since we’ve opened up our doors again, it’s been hand-to-mouth at the minute.

“I’m still giving away free meals for the elderly and vulnerable, and it’s now out of my own pocket.

“We want to show our support to the community we serve, and I’ll continue to do this until people no longer need it.”

To place an order if elderly or vulnerable, call 762211 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.