Punch Pubs & Co has been celebrating local heroes for their superhuman efforts in 2020. Reaching out to their 1,300 Publicans and guests to nominate local people who have done something incredible for their communities. The campaign was a huge success, with over 1,000 nominations submitted.
The worthy winner of the first prize of £1,000, and a cask ale named after the person of their choice, is Mandy Giddins. Mandy runs the charity Giddo’s Gift, created in memory of her son Jordan who passed away in 2017 from Ewing’s Sarcoma aged just 18. The charity works closely with social workers to help teenagers and young people battling cancer in North Wales and Merseyside. With the money raised, they grant gifts such as laptops, phones, and iPads to those in need. The charity has helped over 150 young people and raised over £27,000 for childhood cancer research.
Mandy says, “I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Community Hero award, especially up against so many worthy nominees. Jordan, my son, is the true hero. He inspires me every day to help others that are going through such difficult times.