Published: 25th Mar 2020

The 12-week coronavirus lockdown could mean charities and grassroots sports miss out on £35m in funds raised by pubs, according to PubAid. However, the organisation, which is dedicated to promoting pubs as a ‘force for good’, says publicans are on the front line in local communities, helping residents who are unable to leave their homes. Many have adapted their menus to takeaway or delivery, with a number providing free meals to local pensioners, others setting up village shops to serve those unable to travel, and generally acting as a hub to co-ordinate community efforts to support vulnerable residents. Many are also looking for ways to offer local people some of the social and emotional benefits they gain from a visit to the pub. A number have set up helplines to offer local housebound people a much-needed social interaction, others have organised on-line pub quizzes. PubAid co-founder Des O’Flanagan said: ‘Clearly, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)