Dorchester Beerex  hoping to reach landmark fundraising total in 2020

Dorchester Beerex  hoping to reach landmark fundraising total in 2020

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:10am 8th December 2019.

The Beerex festival in Dorchester wants to break through the £200K mark of money raised to date.

Last year alone the festival held at the Corn Exchange raised £17k for local charities.

This year they'll be raising money for Dorset Mind.

Marianne Storey, CEO of the charity said: 

"We are hugely grateful to Beerex for choosing us as their charity of choice. By having a presence at the festival, we will be able to build our profile and raise awareness with a new audience, helping us to break down the stigma around mental health in Dorset. 

"According to new figures from Public Health England, 8 in 10 (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months. Meaning that attendees of Beerex are highly likely to either know someone who this relates to, or be affected themselves. 

"With the support of Beerex, we will be able to continue to deliver our vital mental health services to meet the growing needs of Dorset." 

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Organised by the West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale and Casterbridge Rotary Club this will be the 32nd Dorchester Beerex. 

It's being held on Friday and Saturday 7th and 8th February.

The festival will feature around 80 different real ales from all over the UK with a variable selection of flavours and style, complemented by a large selection of cider and Perry. 

Cleeves Palmer of Palmers brewery (left) and Beerex chairman Les Fry  with representatives of the committee
Cleeves Palmer of Palmers brewery (left) and Beerex chairman Les Fry with representatives of the committee

Beerex chairman Les Fry said:

" Dorchester Beerex is a great way to help raise money for worthy causes and with the fantastic success of the 2019 festival for 2020 we are hoping to raise the roof and break through the £200K mark of money raised to date. 

"This is all down to local support from barrel sponsoring companies, raffle donators and our loyal customers who have helped make the festival so popular over the years."

Get your tickets from:

  • Dorchester, The Convivial Rabbit, The Bakers Arms and the Brace of Butchers; Poundbury.
  • Weymouth, The Dog House micro pub (Great George St)
  • Online, which includes postal sales

The festival is split into lunchtime and evening sessions, entry is priced at £10 and customers receive: a commemorative festival glass, colour programme with full beer listing notes and 2 half pints of beer. CAMRA members receive an extra two halves.