Punch has named its local heroes as part of a fundraising campaign.


The campaign, under the banner "Not All Heroes Wear Capes", asked the pubco's publicans and their teams to nominate their local heroes, people who go above and beyond in their communities.

Lotte Lyster, licensee at The Prince Albert in Stroud, Gloucestershire, nominated the winner. Lotte's local hero is customer Robin Layfield.

Robin helped start a food bank in the pub. He collects the food from the pub and delivers it to the collection point every week. He was presented with his award in the pub and was given a £200 Red Letter Day voucher.

Two other heroes also received £50-worth of high street vouchers. Gordon Littlewood, publican at The Mallard in Seaham, County Durham, recently led a team of bikers around the country, raising £5,500 to buy a specially made bed for a local child in the community. 

Glen Campbell, a customer at The Parkwood in Stockton-on-Tees in the same county, was nominated for his generosity and charitable giving. Glen bought hundreds of pounds-worth of food, toys, selection boxes and other gifts for the pub's collection for under-privileged children.

Punch's marketing and strategy director Russell Danks said: ''It is great that we can provide a platform for publicans to recognise their local heroes and all the incredible things people do for others. A fundamental part of our strategy is to make a difference and do good in the communities we operate in. Our pubs contribute hugely to local and national charities.By recognising some of those heroes that go above and beyond in our communities we can showcase how pubs bring people together to support each other."

The campaign raised £3,168 in Punch pubs, which was donated to the Royal Marines charity.