Stuart Inns team plans Hadleigh-Lavenham-Long Melford charity walk for Macmillan Cancer Support

Lorna Pissarro, Thomas Bushell and Lil Ravensdale of Stuart Inns.

Lorna Pissarro, Thomas Bushell and Lil Ravensdale of Stuart Inns. - Credit: Archant

Proprietors and staff behind a family-owned Suffolk restaurants business are planning an 18-mile walk between its three sites to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Stuart Inns, which operates the Long Melford Swan, the Hadleigh Ram and the Lavenham Greyhound, is run by Andrew Macmillan along with daughter Lorna Pissarro (marketing) and sons Oliver (executive chef) and Iain (operations).

Their “Restaurant Ramble”, taking place on Sunday, April 17, will see the family joined by other members of the Stuart Inns team.

They plan to set off from the Hadleigh Ram, heading first to the Lavenham Greyhound for a “pit-stop” before finishing at the Long Melford Swan where a champagne reception will be held.

Customers have been invited either join the team for all or part of the ramble, or to meet the fundraisers at one of the venues to cheer them along the way.

Lorna Pissarro: “Suffolk is such a beautiful county so this challenge will be the perfect opportunity to really enjoy the best of the countryside, while raising much-needed funds for an important cause. We have all been training together, which has been a great team-bonding experience, and we are delighted that some of our customers will also be joining us on the day.”

Stuart Inns is a member of the Future50 business growth programme, being delivered across Suffolk and Norfolk by media group Archant, whose titles include the EADT, and enterprise agency Nwes, with support from partners including Barclays, Birketts, Lovewell Blake and the University of East Anglia.

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The family took over the Swan at Long Melford in 2011 before adding the Ram at Hadleigh in 2013 and the Greyhound in Lavenham in 2014 – all as tenants of Greene King – and last year opened Melford House, next-door-but-one to the Swan, as luxury en-suite guest accommodation.

Stuart Inns has been a regular supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support in the form of regular fundraising events at its three pubs, most by taking part in the World’s Biggest Quiz at the Hadleigh Ram last month.