Dorchester Beerex raises £20,000 for good causes

Dorchester Beerex raises £20,000 for good causes

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:45am 1st June 2020.

If you went along to Dorchester Beerex earlier this year, you helped raise £20,000 for local charities and good causes.

The annual beer and cider festival is organised by the West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale and Casterbridge Rotary Club.

£19,932 has been divided up and handed out to local causes.

Dorset Mind was this year's main charity and received £7,000.

Chief Executive, Marianne Storey said:

"The event itself went extremely well and our staff and volunteers enjoyed attending it, whilst also being able to spread awareness about the vital work we do locally to support people in Dorchester.

"We have two local projects for adults - a twice-monthly mental health talking support group that helps people to improve their wellbeing and an eco-therapy project named 'The GAP Project' which is based at Louds Mill allotments. 

The Gap Project allotments in Dorchester

"Both projects are essential, they are inclusive and invite people to share experiences and tools to help build self-esteem, self-confidence - and reduce isolation.

"In addition to this, we support young people in schools such as Dorchester Middle School and Thomas Hardye."

To find out more about Dorset Mind:

Money was also given to the Dorchester Youth and Community group, who received £2,600, which will go towards keeping the youth nights running.

Other groups to receive money Dorchester Town Youth Football Club, Dorchester Age UK and the YOU Trust, a local Dorchester charity that supports and works with victims of domestic, sexual and violent abuse.

Les Fry Beerex 2020 Chairman
Les Fry Beerex 2020 Chairman

Chairman of the Beerex Festival, Les Fry said:

" Dorset Mind is a pioneering local charity that educates, challenges mental health stigma and inequality while promoting recovery from mental ill health.

"They have been providing mental health support and education in Dorset since 1946. 

"This is done by empowering individuals of all ages to understand the recovery process and by assisting them to develop resilience.

"The charity is at the very heart of the community, shaping futures and changing lives."

The festival's main sponsor was Palmers Brewery of Bridport.