Pubs urged to win recognition for their community
support

Pubs who have supported their local communities during the Covid
lockdowns are being urged to enter the PubAid Community Pub Hero
Awards, sponsored by Matthew Clark, before the deadline of 30
November.

Inspired by the support provided by thousands of pubs for their
communities, PubAid reshaped its annual Charity Pub Awards as the
Community Pub Hero Awards.The awards are once again supported by
the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, whose member MPs are
nominating pub heroes from their constituency.

Pubs can enter the competition by completing a brief form on
the PubAid
website
 and all entrants will be featured on PubAid social
media channels.  After the closing date, judges will review entries
received and publish a shortlist. The overall Community Pub Hero
will be announced in early 2021.

Co-founder of PubAid, Des O’Flanagan said: “We’re
delighted that many pubs across the country have already entered
our competition and it’s been wonderful to read about the great
work done by so many, whether offering vital supplies for local
residents, cooking hot meals for the elderly or keeping people
connected through online quizzes or chats.

“With a month to go until entries close, we’d urge any pubs
who have supported their communities to put themselves forward and
gain the recognition they deserve.â€

Richard Hayhoe, Marketing Director, Matthew Clark added:
“We’ve been humbled by the many pubs who helped their
communities during the Covid-19 outbreak, despite facing
uncertainty themselves. Their efforts, during the national lockdown
and the subsequent local restrictions, have provided a vital
lifeline to countless people, and prove that pubs are genuinely a
force for good in their communities.â€

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South and Chairman of the All-Party
Parliamentary Beer Group, said: “These awards are a great
opportunity for MPs to celebrate how landladies and landlords in
their constituencies have stepped up to the mark to support their
community during this dreadful pandemic. Yet again we have seen
that pubs are the antidote to isolation.â€

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NOTES TO EDITORS

PubAid is a working party created in 2009 to
promote UK pubs as a force for good in their local communities,
sharing the message that they raise over £100m per year for
charities and contribute £40 million to grassroots sport. PubAid
runs the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, which has raised £750,000
since its launch in 2016, and the Charity Pub of the Year Awards,
which ran in 2018 and 2019.

The PubAid steering group is led by co-founder Des O’Flanagan,
and includes a number of well-known figures from the pub world, who
lend their time and other resources to help spread the positive
messages about pubs’ role at the heart of their communities.

Matthew Clark is a leading national drinks
wholesaler with over 200 years’ experience supplying drink
products, hospitality training, labour management and marketing
support to over 16,000 On-Trade premises in the UK.

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group was set
up in 1993 and has a membership of over 350 MPs and Peers.  The
Beer Group’s objectives are to broaden recognition of the
enormous contribution of brewing and pubs to the UK economy from
grain to glass – and to celebrate the unique role that beer and
pubs play in our society.

For further information: 

For PubAid: Ros Shiel at [email protected] / 07841
694137

For APPBG: Paul Hegarty at [email protected] or 07808
096250

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