A PUB landlady has been given an award for her work raising money in the community.

Durham Lions Club made the award to Joanna Angus, who runs the Prince of Wales pub in Hetton-le-Hole with her husband Alex.

Mrs Angus has been a member of the organisation in Durham for 15 years and has raised thousands of pounds for charity through raffles, coffee mornings and other events.

She said: “It was a big surprise. We’re always doing something different in the pub. Since it’s grown and grown.

“In the first year we raised £378 and this year we’ve raised £2,200.”

Mrs Angus, who is an active member of Hetton Methodist Church, has also been involved in the Guides and is a former Sunday school teacher.

She also spends her spare time knitting baby clothes, which she takes to South Africa to give to the parents of newborns.

She was given the Mervyn Jones Fellowship Award, which is the highest honour possible in the Lions organisation.

Alvan Bailey, president of the Durham Lions, said: “She has truly embodied the Lions International motto of ‘we serve’ and as such fully deserves the award.”