A pub landlord has been presented with an award after he helped raise more than £50,000 for a local hospice.
The Engine in Kenilworth received a national Heart of the Community Award. It was selected from 2,500 pubs around the country in the competition run by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars.
Kenilworth born-and-bred licensee Andrew Bear – known locally as Ted – accepted The Heart of the Community Award which recognises the pub that makes the most difference in its community.
The judges were bowled over by The Engine's charity work, which has raised more than £50,000 for Myton Hospice through events such as family fun days and helped countless other local good causes by holding activities ranging from collections to fundraising barbecues.
The judges were impressed by the wider contribution The Engine makes to Kenilworth life highlighting its annual prostate cancer awareness evenings that have diagnosed seven cases amongst local men and its women's health nights focused on dementia.
The Engine scored highly for supporting sports in Kenilworth too. The judges noted how Ted not only runs the local darts and dominoes leagues and sponsors two football teams and a ladies rugby team but organises coaches to take Kenilworth fans to Coventry City and Wasps matches.
An Engine regular since the age of 23, 54-year old Ted took over the pub in 2004 when he wanted a change from a career in engineering.
Ted said: "Kenilworth is a smashing town. I feel very fortunate to live here and to have been able to take over the local I love. Helping the community is the pub's way of giving back.
"This award is recognition of my fantastic customers, who are so supportive, and the many other people and organisations in the town who we link up with and make Kenilworth such a special place to live."
Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director said: "Ted is an archetypal pillar of the community. He is passionate about The Engine and the community it serves and gives them his all.
"The Engine represents all that is best about the Great British pub. Ted's achievements are phenomenal and this award is well deserved."