Terry Goodier from Rugeley, Staffordshire, was celebrated with an evening of music, food and beer on in an event which saw more than 100 members of the community flock to the Redmore pub to honour their friend.
As a part of the campaign, ran by People’s Captain in partnership with Punch Pubs, customers from pubs across the Punch estate had the chance to nominate a ‘legend’ within their community.
Goodier received a host of nominations for his ability to always put others first and for consistently supporting his friends and family across the community.
On Thursday 20 July he was commemorated in a red-carpet style event led by People’s Captain founder and ex-professional rugby player Greg Bateman.
Speaking on behalf of the event, Bateman said: “This kind of event showcases that small everyday things can really make a difference to people’s lives."
Making a mark
He added: “The bigger message in all of this is that small actions create a wider impact, and we are all capable of making a difference. Sometimes it’s just an arm around the shoulder, or a physical act. Terry is a shining example of someone that can do something so small yet have a huge impact.”
The event was co-hosted by the Redmore pub management partners Ryan Morris and Laura Hughes.
The pub garden was transformed with a decorated marquee, outdoor stages and tables adorned with balloons and bunting.
A red carpet lined the steps which led to the pub’s dining area, where the Goodier family enjoyed a celebratory meal among guests.
Customers were also treated to canapes, live music from local band the Wingwalkers and a free pint of People’s Captain’s Legend Ale which was available on tap.
Management partner Morris said: “What can we say about Terry, he’s a legend, but so incredibly humble. Terry is a gentle giant and he’s everybody’s friend.
“It’s so nice to see him being celebrated because he’s always looked after everyone else. Even during his own struggles, you could ring him at any time, or talk to him in the pub and he would always be there for you.”
For Hughes, it was “no surprise” Goodier won the campaign, as he’s “so passionate” about helping people and the community.
The celebration kicked off in the early hours of the evening when Goodier was presented with gifts including a personalised trophy, certificate and a People’s Captain t-shirt.
Goodier said the win made him feel “proud” and “emotional”.
He continued: “I didn’t realise I had so many friends. This all started when a friend asked me for help, I was in a dark place myself at the time but helping other people got me through.
“I didn’t realise that my friends and family were actually worried about me and just wanted to keep me busy by helping others. You realise that life is touchy, and you can be on the edge, but the best thing is having good friends and family around you."
He added: “It is an honour to be here, and I feel privileged to have all these people around me. The Redmore, it’s a community pub, the people who run it are lovely, Ryan, Laura, Steve, and Julie they all make you feel welcome, you can come in here for help and there will always be someone who can step forward.”