Best Community Initiative Shortlist
The Best Community Initiative honours a campaign that has gone the extra mile to support their community during lockdown. The winning initiative has been recognised for uplifting the spirits of those around them and putting a smile on the faces of those in need.
Voting is now closed. The winner will be announced in a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday 22 September at 4pm.
Angel & Crown
Angel & Crown provided free meals, tea/ coffee, clothing, sleeping bags, toiletries and in collaboration with local charity, SPEAR, organised accommodation for the homeless and most vulnerable of its Richmond Community during Lockdown. This operated as a grab and go service maintaining all social distancing measures. At first, Nick Botting (landlord) subsidised the cost of this service but as demand grew, him and a number of volunteers raised money via Paypal to continue providing essentials to those who were struggling to provide for themselves. Nick and his team raised just under £7000 through the generosity of the pubs local community and with this provided 32 sleeping bags, 4895 meals, 7000 bottles of water, 6000 cups of tea/ coffee and many selfless individuals even with the risk of catching the virus themselves volunteered just over 1000 man hours. This service ran 7 days a week and at its peak was serving 70 people per day who had come from all over London in need of help. This service became a focal point of lockdown for the local community; something good for people to be involved with. Whether it was messages of support, financial contributions, clothing or donations of food and drink. Local coffee shops donated anything they could, restaurants offered any stock they had, and charities SPEAR and the Felix Project assisted them in providing support for anyone who needed it.
Finalists: Horse & Dove, Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group, OSO Arts Centre, Point A Hotels, Sommerins at Home, The Star Inn Harbottle