Pilot Boat helps fight climate change with vegan supper fundraiser

Tracey West of The Word Forest Organisation with Pilot Boat chef John Long (left) and licensee Robin Collyns

LYME Regis pub and restaurant The Pilot Boat will host a three-course vegan supper on Sunday, December 1 to raise funds for local charity, The Word Forest Organisation. 

Based just 100 metres away from the popular pub, The Word Forest Organisation, run by vegan environmentalists Tracey and Simon West, plants trees, builds classrooms, facilitates education and supports a women’s empowerment group called Mothers of the Forest, in rural Kenya.

They’ve been very busy lately, following the release of their documentary ‘#TreesAreTheKey’, narrated by Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, which recently premiered in The Marine Theatre.

Robin Collyns, manager at The Pilot Boat said: “My daughter Ellie is passionate about environmental issues and she’s really pleased we’re doing this. The Word Forest are doing great work to keep climate chaos in check.

“All coastal communities are at risk of damage from sea rise. We’re hopeful our fundraiser will help to plant at least 240 trees.”

The Pilot Boat has recognised the continuing rise in vegan diners and they have a permanent vegan chef, John Long, to cater for their needs. John loves creating their range of seasonal, plant-based meals and desserts and he has devised a mouth-watering vegan supper, packed with flavour and imagination.

He commented: “It’s amazing to see so many people fighting against climate change and taking responsibility for the survival of our planet.

“It usually starts in big cities and this is where the media focuses its attention, so it’s very exciting to have this fundraiser happening right on our doorstep and I couldn’t wait to play my part!”

The three-course menu will include fish free cakes with tempura sea vegetable and tartar sauce to start; a selection of spiced dishes including curries, dahls, spiced vegetables, flat breads and rice for the main; and a vegan mess for dessert, made of vegan meringue, cream and fruit.

Tickets are limited to 60 places and tickets cost £10 each, available from The Pilot Boat, with every penny going to the Word Forest.

The Pilot Boat are also going to donate a portion of the bar takings from the night and they’ll offer a raffle prize of a meal for four. Other prizes will also be up for grabs and if you’d like to donate something, please contact tracey@WordForest.org

Tracey concluded: “We’re thrilled and so grateful that Robin and John are making such a wonderful contribution to the charity. Most of our core team are vegan or veggie and I’m looking forward to giving everyone a little update before we eat.

“Community screenings of ‘#TreesAreTheKey’ will soon be shown in neighbouring Devon and Somerset, and internationally too!”

“The impact the charity has made over the past few years, is almost immeasurable but it’s time to seriously raise the bar and make an even bigger difference to our world”.

Visit the website www.wordforest.org for more information

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