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29th November 2023

Landlords across the country work together to raise over £1 million for local charities  

Admiral Taverns, the UK’s leading community pub group is delighted to announce that collectively its dedicated publicans have raised over £1 million for local charities over the past 18 months.

This impressive target has been achieved by landlords across the group’s 1,450 community focussed estate of pubs, many choosing to channel their donations to local charities that serve vital causes.

Critical to this effort has been the work of the group’s 190 strong community wet-led operator division, Proper Pubs, with each Proper Pub hosting an annual Christmas selection box appeal, along with Easter Egg collections which this year saw over 12,000 Easter Eggs donated to local communities in need. Proper Pubs has also encouraged its operators to host fundraising events to have lifesaving defibrillators installed outside its pubs. Most recently the group installed its 130th across its estate, with 9 already achieving life-changing results.

Chris Jowsey, Chief Executive of Admiral Taverns, commented: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to every single publican across the UK for their fantastic fundraising efforts. These donations will go a long way to supporting those in need during a difficult time. Local communities are so important to us, constantly supporting our pubs, so it’s essential that we find ways to give back to them.

“To celebrate this incredible hard work, we are also delighted to be launching our Quarterly Community Hero Awards across our Leased and Tenanted division after the success of these awards in our Proper Pubs division. This ensures we are recognising the dedicated pubs in each region that have gone that extra mile.”

Fundraising initiatives have ranged from the traditional to the quirky, with events such as charity skydives to collecting clothes from customers to donate to a local women’s shelter. In the lead up to Christmas, pubs will once again be playing a critical role in their local communities at a time when support is most needed. From Christmas jumper collections to hosting Christmas markets, with several pubs even offering free meals to the lonely and vulnerable, whilst providing a safe and warm place to bring people together.


Case studies – examples for media use 

Warren Kelly at the Brewery Arms in Saltney, Chester recently raised £2,600 for a local child who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, to send him and his family on holiday through hosting an array of interactive games and activities.

Emma Shepherd at the Blue Ball in Sheffield has raised almost £20,000 for local charities in the past 18 months. She is constantly supporting her community, hosting auctions and quiz nights, whilst every Saturday, the pub offers a free space for local businesses who don’t have a physical presence.

Carole Davis at the Clifton Arms in Blackburn will provide free fish and chips to the lonely and vulnerable this Christmas.

Contact: Ben Robinson,

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