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PubAid celebrates 10 years, names Liverpool pub as Charity Pub of the Year

Charity Pub of the Year winners: Rose of Mossley licensee Mari Woods, with (l-r) John & Jason Foley-Doherty of the Friends of the Rose of Mossley and PubAid co-founder Des O’Flanagan

PubAid celebrated its 10th anniversary and an estimated £1 billion raised by pubs for charity at an event in London last night (19 November), where it also unveiled the winner of the Charity Pub of the Year Award, sponsored by Matthew Clark.

Around 100 PubAid supporters from brewers, pub companies, suppliers, media and charities as well as the eight Charity Pub of the Year finalists gathered on the Tattershall Castle on the Thames.

PubAid co-founder Des O’Flanagan said: “In the decade since we started PubAid, pubs have raised an estimated £1 billion for hundreds of charities and local causes. They are also providing a lifeline to grassroots sport, with financial and in-kind support worth an estimated £40m a year.

“By conducting the research to uncover these very impressive figures, and then communicating them to a broad audience, PubAid has helped to reshape public perceptions of pubs. We’re delighted that they are now more widely recognised as a force for good in local communities and broader society.”

Liverpool pub takes Charity Pub of the Year Award

The Charity Pub of the Year 2019 Award, sponsored by Matthew Clark, was presented to the Rose of Mossley in Liverpool.

Landlady Mari Woods has been at the Greene King tenancy for 30 years, raising an estimated £250,000 in that time for many local charities and good causes, and offering hands-on help to individuals in need in the community. Mari is supported by the Friends of the Rose of Mossley, a group of regulars who help organise fundraising events. Beneficiary charities are selected based on nominations from the local community, via the pub’s Facebook page.

Matthew Clark marketing director Richard Hayhoe said: “The Rose of Mossley shows how a pub can make a huge, positive difference to the lives of people in its local area. Mari and her team work tirelessly to keep the pub at the heart of its community, offering financial, practical and emotional help to local charities, groups and individuals.

“We’re delighted to name The Rose of Mossley as our Charity Pub of the Year 2019.”

Paul Hegarty, Honorary Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said: “The Rose of Mossley’s unstinting determination to support its local community makes it a worthy winner.

“Choosing the Charity Pub of the Year was far from easy, and all our finalists have shown incredible community spirit, commitment and creativity in their support for local and national charities. They should all be very proud of reaching the finals.”

The Charity Pub of the Year competition ran for the second time this year, attracting around 100 entries from pubs across the country. The finalists, as well as the Rose of Mossley, were:

  • The Bull’s Head, Mobberley, Cheshire
  • The Falkners Arms, Fleet, Hampshire
  • The Fatling, Hornchurch, Essex
  • The Front Page, Ballymena, Co. Antrim
  • The Lion Brewery, Ash, Surrey
  • The Swan, Thornbury, Gloucestershire
  • The White Horse, Quorn, Leicestershire

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NOTES TO EDITORS

PubAid is a working party created in 2009 to highlight the work done by UK pubs for charity, sharing the message that UK pubs raise over £100m per year and contribute £40 million to grassroots sport. PubAid runs the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, which will run from 8 – 12 March 2020, supporting PubAid’s charity partner Action Against Hunger as well as hundreds of other charities selected by pubs. In 2019, around 2,200 pubs took part and the quiz has raised a total of £750,000 since its launch in 2016.

The PubAid working party 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 ros@shielporter.com / 07841 694137

For APPBG: Paul Hegarty at paul@beergroup.co.uk or 07808 096250

 

 

Caption to attached image: the finalists of the Charity Pub Awards 2018

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NOTES TO EDITORS

PubAid is a working party created in 2009 to highlight the work done by UK pubs for charity, sharing the message that UK pubs raise over £100m per year and contribute £40 million to grassroots sport. PubAid runs the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, which takes place every March. In 2019, around 2,200 pubs took part.

The PubAid working party 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 ros@shielporter.com / 07841 694137

For APPBG: Paul Hegarty at paul@beergroup.co.uk or 07808 096250

 

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