THREE local charities and St John’s Church, Rastrick, have raised their glasses to toast the highly successful Rastrick Beer Festival, and to thank the organisers for a timely cash boost.
The festival, held in September, attracted scores of real ale fans from all over West Yorkshire and further afield and at the end of the festival the organisers were delighted to announce it had raised over £6,000.
A cheque for £3,600 was handed over to the vicar of St John’s, the Rev Matthew Pollard, with the parochial church council approving that £1,000 would go towards the new kitchen fund.
And £1,800 was shared between the three charities, who will also benefit from match funding from Barclays Bank Community Fund, meaning they each received £1,200.
The three charities are the Jayne Garforth Support Centre at the Macmillan Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, the Halifax and Calderdale branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Chairman of the beer festival committee, Roger Ellis, said: “Tonight’s event has put the icing on the cake and the benefit it will give to the less fortunate among us makes us more determined to make sure that next year’s event will be just as successful.”