Two best pals cook up a storm for charity at a Hemel Hempstead pub

Jenny Howard, left, and friend Rhonda Hobbs
Jenny Howard, left, and friend Rhonda Hobbs

An Anglo-French dinner party at a pub in Hemel Hemsptead raised £860 for the Hospice of St Francis.

Business development and marketing manager Jenny Howard – who works for Synergy Construction and Property Consultants on Boundary Way – hosted the evening with friend Rhonda Hobbs at the Olde Leather Bottle in Leverstock Green, which offered the duo its premises for the event free of charge.

The pair have never catered on a large scale before and the challenge increased after the pub was hit by a power cut, leaving them cooking by candlelight.

Power was restored before they served English and French dishes inspired by Jenny’s husband Gavin’s decision to take on the hospice’s London to Paris bike ride challenge in July next year.

In the new year, Jenny will begin training for the charity’s Strictly Learn To Dance challenge in a bid to raise even more money.

On the night, Jenny – who lives with Gavin in Leverstock Green – said she was blown away by the generosity of Leverstock Green butchers DP Clarke after they came into the kitchen and reimbursed her for the chicken she’d bought for the event.

“It almost made me cry,” she said. “They said it was a very worthy cause. There was so much positive energy and a great buzz. We’ve had incredible feedback already.

“I would like to thank DP Clarke Butchers, Bookers Cash and Carry, the Olde Leather Bottle and of course my friend Rhonda, as without her I could not have made this event happen.”