The White Horse in King’s Lynn has won the Community Mindfulness category in The Great British Pub Awards – Pub Heroes.

During lockdown, Marvin Tillman, operator of the White Horse, reached out to his local community and hosted a weekly live DJ set on Facebook – he partied every Friday evening for two hours. Marvin saw this as an opportunity to interact with his regulars who he missed seeing. What he didn’t expect was that the weekly events would take off. Viewings figures soon jumped to over 1000 views and people were watching him from all over the world.

Marvin also donated items to the local hospital for the nurses on the critical care ward. The local church was so impressed with his generosity that when he came to donate to the critical care nurses again, they also pulled together and contributed to his donation.

Marvin said: “I can’t believe we won! Thank you so much to everyone who voted and to everyone who tuned in during lockdown. All I wanted to do was to help the community in any way I could. It was great to be able to interact and communicate with people but also wonderful to have them be able to interact with each other!”

The Great British Pub Awards Pub Heroes recognise and reward the incredible efforts by pubs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of the lockdown and being forced to close their doors, many pubs remained at the heart of their communities, providing help and support in many different ways. With over 600 entries across fifteen categories, the winners were chosen by a public vote.

Each winner will be offered the opportunity to submit an application for up to £10,000 each to fund a business improvement or upgrade or to put towards a community project. Additionally, Coca-Cola will fund a further £1,000 donation to a local charity or good cause supported by each of the winning pubs.