A SERVICE caring for people with learning difficulties is set to receive much-needed funds from two Newbury pubs.

West Berkshire Mencap has been named as they charity of the year for 2018 for The Red House and the newly-renovated Castle Pub.

A donation will be made to the charity by both pubs every time a customers purchases a bottle of still or sparkling water or featured dishes.

Leila Ferguson, CEO of West Berkshire Mencap, said: “The team at both locations has come up with some hugely inventive ideas and ways in which they can help us raise much-needed funds to help local people with learning disabilities and their families.

“I am delighted we have struck up this partnership and can see great opportunities for working together and mutual support over the next 12 months and beyond.”

Regular fundraising events will be held at both pubs throughout the year, including monthly quiz nights.

Laurent Lebeau, owner of The Red House, added: “We wanted to do something that would really benefit the local community.

“West Berkshire Mencap seemed a perfect fit and their enthusiasm for our initiatives means we can maximise the funds raised.

“We are really looking forward to working with them and raising as much money for them as we can.”