Industry body PubAid is reshaping its annual Charity Pub Awards this year and launching the Community Pub Hero Awards.
The move is inspired by the support provided by thousands of pubs for their communities during lockdown. The awards will be sponsored by Matthew Clark, and supported by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.
The competition, now in its third year, will recognise licensees and teams who went the extra mile to help their communities through the pandemic, whether by offering vital supplies for local residents, cooking hot meals for the elderly, or keeping people connected through online quizzes or chats.
Pubs across the UK are welcome to enter, by completing a brief form on the PubAid website before the closing date of 30th November. Entrants will be featured on the PubAid website, and mentioned on PubAid social media channels.
After the closing date, judges will review entries received and publish a shortlist. All finalists will be invited, with their MP, to attend a reception in London, where the overall winner will be announced.
Co-founder of PubAid, Des O’Flanagan, said: “With pubs closed for three months, and now facing significant trading challenges, it is clear that judging pubs on traditional, event-led charity fundraising is no longer appropriate.
“We’ve therefore redesigned the competition as the Community Pub Hero Awards, with the support of Matthew Clark, and we hope that all licensees who helped their communities during the pandemic will put themselves and their teams forward for recognition.”