A NEWPORT business is doing their bit for mental health – with free pizza.

For one day only Al Forno, based on Chartist Way in Rogerstone, will be giving out free 9” personal pizzas between 11am and 3pm.

In exchange for lunch, the owners of Al Forno – who also own Tin Can Kitchen – asks that people make a small cash donation to mental health charity Mind.

Founded in 1946, Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and experienced a sizeable increase in calls to its emergency helpline throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Co-owner, Barry Fallon, said: “Lockdown was tough, and I think it’s fair to say that everyone’s mental health took a bit of a hit. 

“Speaking on behalf of myself, the partners, and the team of chefs we have – even though we got to go out to work every day and keep active, we would be working in fear of falling ill. It’s stressful enough in a kitchen, without having that on your mind!

“We’re not out of the woods yet, though, and charities like Mind are working flat out to help support people still coming to terms with the new normal.  But they need support to help keep this going, so any amount we can raise on the day will have a positive effect.

“It’s also our way of giving back to the local community and everyone that has supported us since we opened last year. We can’t wait to meet you all!”

The big day will be on Tuesday, September 21, between 11am and 3pm.


It will also coincide with the launch of Al Forno's very first student discount card. 

Upon presentation of a valid NUS ID, any university or college student can sign up for the card, which grants card holders a 25 per cent off pizza, Italian deli subs, sides, desserts and drinks (terms & conditions apply).