Landlords lift for our heroes

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TWO Sutton landlords have been recognised for their charity fundraising efforts with a national award from pub company Admiral Taverns.

Mandy Clarke and Albert Bainbridge, who run the Speed the Plough pub in Sutton, were presented with the Admiral Taverns Achievement Award after being chosen from more than 1,500 landlords nationwide.

The caring duo have raised thousands of pounds for the Help for Heroes charity following the death of Mandy’s son David in Afghanistan.

Mandy and Albert have run a number of events at the pub to raise funds, including auctions and competitions.

The pub also sells Help for Heroes merchandise for the charity and Mandy even had her head shaved to raise funds.

Mandy said: “The Help for Heroes charity is obviously very close to our hearts and we’re so pleased that our regulars have also embraced the charity and supported us in our fundraising efforts.

“The charity nights always draw a great crowd and the atmosphere in here is fantastic. We’ll be continuing our fundraising with lots more events planned this year and I’m sure our customers will continue to be a wonderful support.”

Chris Phizacklea, business development manager for Admiral Taverns, praised the pair and said: “Mandy and Albert’s fundraising efforts have been fantastic and have raised a significant amount of money for a really worthy cause.”