Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award

This new award is in recognition of individuals, whose actions have either saved life or minimised physical harm in the Night-time economy. It is open to people who work in the pub and hospitality trade, as well as members of the public or those serving in the emergency services.

Please note that this award is made at the discretion of the National Pubwatch Committee. We will not make awards if the incident is currently subject to a criminal or civil investigation or hearing by the Police or other formal body.

To make a nomination please click here.



Grayson Underhill – Thekla Nightclub, Bristol – Cardiff 2020

Left to right: Grayson Underhill & Lord Kennedy

Grayson is the Head Door Supervisor of the Thekla Night Club in Bristol. He was nominated by Matt Jenkinson, the deputy manager of the night club.

Thekla is a rather unique live music venue, being a converted German cargo ship, which has been berthed in Bristol harbour since 1984.
The incident which has led to this nomination, took place in the early hours of 28 November 2018. Two female customers had a disagreement. One wanted to stay and keep on partying, the other wished to leave.

Following the disagreement, both parties walked away from the venue. A few minutes later a member of the public alerted Grayson that a female had jumped into the harbour waters.

The on-duty security team threw ‘life rings’ into the water in the direction of the female, but she ignored requests to swim to the shore and safety and swam further into the middle of the harbour.

Grayson and his colleagues ran to the other side of the harbour in an attempt to maintain sight of the woman. When they arrived at this location, they could clearly see that she had begun to struggle in the water. Grayson immediately made the decision to enter the water and rescue her.

His efforts were hampered by the fact that she refused to cooperate but he eventually managed to pull her to the side of the harbour where she was removed from the water and into a waiting ambulance which provided medical care and took her to hospital.

In nominating Grayson for this award Matt Jenkinson stated that he deserved to be honoured because he had worked alongside Theklas management to build a core team and to create a venue that put customer safety and satisfaction as a priority, where customers felt confident in the security team to deal with any situations and keep them safe.

In describing the incident, he said: “He was able to get the person out safely, without putting himself or others in danger. He showed great assertiveness and quick thinking, resolving a potentially dangerous situation in a matter of minutes.”

Barry Graham – Sir Henry Tate, Chorley – Cardiff 2020

Left to right: Barry Graham & Lord Kennedy

Barry has worked as a door supervisor for many years and is currently the Head Doorman at the Sir Henry Tate JD Wetherspoon Pub in Chorley. He was nominated by the manager Kasper Abols.

The incident which led to this nomination, took place during the evening of Friday 13th December 2019.

A member of the public alerted Barry to the fact that a homeless rough sleeper had collapsed outside the pub. Barry approached the man and attempted to rouse him but he appeared to have ceased breathing. He commenced chest compressions while someone else phoned for an ambulance.

A police officer attended the scene and both he and Barry continued to carry out CPR on the man. They managed to revive him just as an ambulance crew arrived on the scene and took over.

The man returned to the pub the following day and told staff that Barry had saved his life.

In nominating Barry, Kasper Abols stated that he has been a member of the door team for the past year and regularly checks on anyone he see’s sleeping rough in and around the area. He is well known locally and actively involved in the Chorley community.

In his spare time, he volunteers at the LW Storehouse food bank at the Living Waters Church in Chorley which helps the town’s most vulnerable people on a daily basis.

Kasper said: “Wetherspoon and the pub management at The Sir Henry Tate are very proud of his timely actions.”