A leading children’s charity is celebrating after being picked as the main beneficiary of this month’s Cambridge Beer Festival.
The event – back for the first time since the pandemic – runs from 22nd to 27th May and, thanks to generous donations, usually raises more than £25,000. This year’s charity partner is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. It has three hospices, including one in Milton.
“We try to pick a local charity where we can make a real difference every year,” said volunteer organiser Anthony Mobbs. “I chose EACH this year as children’s charities are close to my heart.”
EACH relies on public backing and provides its vital, specialist medical and emotional support completely free of charge. It relies on donations for the majority of its income and, this year alone, needs to raise £5.8 million from Fundraising and £6.5 million in Retail income.
EACH Community Fundraiser Helena Davis said: “We’re thrilled and honoured to have been selected as charity partner for this year’s Cambridge Beer Festival. We know what a difference it has made to other worthy causes in our county and see this as a huge deal and incredible opportunity, allowing us to raise a fantastic amount and also heighten awareness in Cambridge. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has made this partnership possible and we look forward to seeing everyone, running our stand and taking donations.”
In addition to its Milton hospice, EACH also has nine shops scattered across Cambridgeshire. There are three in Cambridge and others in Cherry Hinton, Ely, Huntingdon, Soham, St Ives and Whittlesey.
The Cambridge Beer Festival is the longest-running CAMRA beer festival in the UK, having started in 1974. It has been teaming up with a local charity since 2008 and previous beneficiaries include East Anglian Air Ambulance, Cambridge Search and Rescue, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and Arthur Rank Hospice. The festival is a six-day event, held on Jesus Green, Cambridge.
The EACH team will be there from 5pm until 10.30pm on the Monday, 12pm until 3pm and 5pm until 10.30pm on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 12pm until 10.30pm on the Saturday.
“The partnership is heavily reliant on volunteers to run our stand and take donations,” added Helena. “We’d love to hear from anyone interested in coming along and lending a hand. If you can help or want more details, please email email@example.com”
Notes to Editors
“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”
- We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
- We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).