Cheers to our local heroes - pub serves up new Help for Heroes ale

Former soldier Simon Brown and licensee Rachel Valentine with the special Marstons Help For Heroes bottled beer at the Sportsman Inn, Morley.
Former soldier Simon Brown and licensee Rachel Valentine with the special Marstons Help For Heroes bottled beer at the Sportsman Inn, Morley.
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The new licensees of a Morley pub are championing a brand new beer that’s been created for charity, by one of their locals – an injured British Army war veteran.

Rachel and Frank Valentine, who run the Sportsman Inn, are backing friend and regular Simon Brown in his new ale creation. Simon and two friends, Pete Dunning and Dan ‘Baz’ Whittingham, who were also injured in action, partnered with national brewer Marston’s to create a blonde ale, sales from which will raise cash for national charity Help for Heroes.

Licensee Rachel, who took the helm at The Sportsman in October last year, said: “As soon as I saw that Simon’s beer was available to stock in the pub, I was straight on the phone ordering cases of the stuff. We’re really proud to say that one of our locals, and friends, has been involved with creating this ale and Simon is going to help promote the beer in the pub which is brilliant, as it really is for a great cause.”

Simon, Pete and Baz are all members of Help for Heroes’ Band of Brothers, which offers lifelong support to service men and women.

Simon said: “We’re really grateful to The Sportsman, and for the support from Rachel and Frank and hope pub goers will try the beer when they go to the bar and raise a glass to our wounded veterans.”

Labelled with the slogan “Created by Heroes; Brewed by Marston’s; Enjoyed by Everyone”, five pence from the sale of each bottle of the ale will go to the charity, which supports injured veterans and families.