Local pizzeria Honest Crust raises £1500 for baby charity Smile Macclesfield

By Alex Greensmith

4th Oct 2022 | Local News

Smile Group's Natalie Nutall (left) with staff of The Picturedrome Macclesfield and Italian pizzeria Honest Crust. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)
Smile Group's Natalie Nutall (left) with staff of The Picturedrome Macclesfield and Italian pizzeria Honest Crust. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

The company that sell pizzas at The Picturedrome have announced that they have raised an amazing amount for charity.

Honest Crust, who were one of the first stalls to open in the Chestergate venue three years ago this month, decided to start supporting a local charity earlier this year.

They opted to choose Smile Group Macclesfield, who support families across Cheshire East, which are affected by mental health problems relating to pregnancy and the postnatal period.

25p from every sale of their pizza margherita goes to the Macclesfield good cause, and now having sold thousands of pizzas, the amount raised for charity has also hit four figures.

Rich's long-serving staff member Harry (left) prepares a margherita, while Rich (right) puts one in the oven. (Image - Claire Harrison Photography)

"We've currently paid in £1549.75", said Rich Carver, Founder of Honest Crust Pizza.

"This doesn't include the first few days of October, so we've likely raised close to £1600.

"It is our biggest-selling pizza by a long-way, and very popular with kids. So it is nice that it can help them get there with their goals.

Macclesfield resident and Smile Group Co-Founder and Operations Director Ruth Williams founded the charity in 2011 with Natalie Nutall.

The initiative, which started in November last year, has raised the astonishing amount just through selling pizza. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

Smile Group Macclesfield was set up after they both experienced perinatal mental illness, and saw a gap in Macclesfield's care provision.

Natalie had this to say to thank Rich and his team:

"We're so proud to be partnered with Honest Crust as a business which genuinely cares about giving back to the local community," she said.

"What an incredible total they've raised – which equates to supporting around 12 parents through a programme of eight talk therapy sessions at Smile.

PHOTO CAPTION: This incredible figure raised for charity equates to the sale of over 5000 pizzas. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

"Thanks to the team for going above and beyond and helping us to support new and expectant parents facing emotional wellbeing challenges."

Smile Group Macclesfield hosts two-hour peer support group sessions on Ash Grove in Macclesfield.

They take place every Friday from 10am to 12pm.

"I think it is important as a small local business to support local charities, as I believe in helping the community," added Rich.

Rich (right) is a father himself, sp the message of the charity really resonated with him. (Image - Claire Harrison Photography)

"It is lovely to have those relationships with suppliers, customers and partners. And as a father-of-four of four children myself, the whole message behind Smile really resonated with me."

You can learn more about Smile Group on their website. Additionally, you can read more about their collaboration with Honest Crust by clicking here.

If you are a new parent who'd like to attend one of their sessions, please pre-register via [email protected].

Honest Crust employ six people in Macclesfield, and are always keen to hear from new hires.

25p per margherita -containing basil, olive oil and tomato - goes to the Macclesfield charity. It is popular with kids, appropriate, given the fundraising nature of the initative. (Image - Claire Harrison Photography)

Please send them a message on Facebook if you're interested.

You can also keep up to date with The Picturedrome and Honest Crust on Instagram.

Honest Crust is open six days a week. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 9:15pm.

Saturday sees them open from 10:30am to 9:15pm, meanwhile Sunday's have them open from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

They also sell other pizzas for veggies, as well as meat and fish lovers. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

Honest Crust is one of two Italian eateries in The Picturedrome, alongside Terroni Pastificio.

See Also: The Picturedrome's pizza vendor switches to sustainable flour

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