Beer festival helps to raise charity funds

The beer festival at the VIP Brewery.
The beer festival at the VIP Brewery.

A beer festival has helped pull in the pounds for a mass community fund-raising push, to support a barmaid who is battling cancer.

This year, staff and customers at The Village Inn, Longframlington, as well as The Sun Hotel, Warkworth, and VIP Brewery at Hawkhill Business Park, in Lesbury, have teamed up to raise cash for CLIC Sargent.

The charity is supporting The Village Inn’s barmaid Becky Cole, who is in her early 20s, through her treatment.

She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma just as her pub decided to support CLIC Sargent as its charity for the year.

The aim was to collect £10,000 for the cause, but through various fund-raising efforts, the total already stands at around the £9,000 mark. And earlier this month, the VIP Brewery chipped in to help, by raising funds at a three-day beer festival. The organisers are still waiting to confirm a final total.

The festival, from August 7 to 9, was set in the microbrewery’s courtyard, but a giant inflatable pub was also installed, just in case there was any bad weather. There were 15 different real ales, many of which were made on site, as well as two ciders and one lager, plus wine, spirits and soft drinks.

Some people came all the way from Bolton to attend the event after reading about it in a beer magazine. Geoff Allan also turned up with his fish and chip van.

Phil Bell, of the brewery, said: “Thanks to everyone who helped me organise and set up the festival, it was a great weekend. Thanks to those who turned out to support us.”

To donate, visit www.just giving.com/teambecky-the villageinn