Admiral Taverns publican Carole Davis – who has run the Clifton Arms in Blackburn with her husband Jim for the past 15 years – was nominated for and won a BBC North West ‘Everyday Hero’ award in early April 2020 off the back of many years’ community service and a selfless response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Since her pub’s doors closed on 20 March, Davis has personally delivered more than 40 essential boxes to those in isolation or unable to leave their house, organised Facetime bingo and quiz nights to boost her community’s spirits – especially those of the lonely elderly and infirm – as well as preparing lunch boxes for local postmen and donating Easter eggs to teachers and children of key workers who are still in school over Easter.
What’s more, in the space of just half an hour she raised more than £400 from the pub’s community to buy fruit boxes from a local producer who then delivered them to the NHS staff at the local hospital.
Inspired by selflessness and passion
In addition to her response to the Covid-19 emergency, Davis has established herself as an integral part of her pub’s community over the years through initiatives such as free Easter and Christmas lunches for locals.
What's more, she often takes elderly local residents to the hospital for appointments or shopping, has regularly raised money for charitable causes, and has even taken up to 40 members of her community on holiday with her husband.
“We are so proud of Carole for her contributions over the years to her local community,” Admiral business development manager Kelly Kerr said. “Everyone is truly inspired by Carole’s selflessness and her passion to help those around her.
“She demonstrates an abundance of generosity and support, especially during these difficult times, which is why this award is a wonderful token to celebrate someone who embodies all what Admiral Taverns values.”