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Gusto Italian continues festive tradition of adding £1 charitable donation to guest’s bills


Gusto Italian on High Street in Oxford will continue its festive tradition of adding a voluntary £1 to every guest’s bill from 01 December to 31 January, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Young Lives vs Cancer through the support of the Tim Bacon Foundation (TBF).

The foundation’s aim is to support charities that help people to live well with cancer. In 2022, Young Lives vs Cancer was selected as Gusto’s first Charity of the Year by employee Jade Costello, who was a wonderful friend and valued member of the Gusto Italian family.

Jade sadly died of cancer in June 2022. During her treatment, she met many people who were supported by Young Lives vs Cancer, and in her honour, Gusto continues to support this brilliant cause.

Gusto has shown a small donation can go a long way and has raised a tremendous total of £100,000. The money will help to support young people (aged 0-25) and their families who are battling cancer.

The charity’s specialist social workers provide guidance for families from diagnosis through cancer treatment, and their eleven Home from Homes offer free accommodations near hospitals.

For guests who would like to support the foundation, a voluntary £1 donation will be added to the bill, and further details can be found through QR codes in the restaurants.

Luke Mallett, Director of Income and Engagement at Young Lives vs Cancer, said: “We greatly appreciate all of the staff and guests at Gusto Italian for continuing their support for young people with cancer.

Read more: Gusto Italian restaurants raise over £100k for “Young Lives vs Cancer” charity

“We anticipate that the increase in donations throughout December and January will have a huge impact on all we can do for young people and their families.”

Gusto Italian is an italian restaurant and bar in Oxford city centre, serving contemporary Italian food, wine and cocktails on High Street. It’s part of a collection of 14 casual dining restaurants across the UK.

Guests at the restaurant can enjoy an immersive Italian dining experience under olive trees and the venue’s open kitchen and chef’s table-style pizza experience.

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