We're used to seeing their smiling faces on our TV screens but now Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford are spreading festive cheer in the community thanks to Heineken.

 

It is the fourth year of the firm's Brewing Good Cheer campaign which aims to bring good cheer and community spirit to pubs across the country this festive season.

180 of Heineken's Star Pubs & Bars are hosting pub lunches and festive get togethers throughout December for 1000's of people who don't often get the chance to enjoy their local. The campaign bids to celebrate and raise awareness of the important role pubs play in bringing communities together.

Eamonn and Ruth surprised guests from community foodbank St Saviour's Sunbury and care home charity Langley Haven by dressing up as Santa and Mrs Claus to host a pub lunch for both charities at The Red Lion pub in Shepperton.

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Tina Baker, spokesperson from St Saviour's Sunbury, said: "Being involved in a day like this is amazing. To be able to sit and talk, and enjoy great food and drink is a real treat, as we don't normally get to do this in our day to day work.

"As carers, it can be very emotional, so being able to enjoy a meal together with the residents at such an important time of the year is really important to our wellbeing. And to have Eamonn and Ruth here, well, that's the icing on the cake!"

Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director, Lawson Mountstevens, said: "Brewing Good Cheer is just one example of the vital support that pubs provide to their local communities day in, day out.

"This year, the Brewing Good Cheer campaign has expanded to provide many more ways for licensees to get involved, whether it's a mince pie and coffee morning, mulled wine or a Christmas lunch. It's great to see more licensees participating, bringing people together and spreading festive cheer."

John Longden, Chief Executive for Pub is The Hub said: "Brewing Good Cheer is a real force for good. Festive events in pubs are a great way for neighbours and local people to meet up who may not get the chance to socialise very often.

"This type of activity will make a difference to many people especially those living in rural communities where there are fewer events and fewer communal venues for people to socialise in."