Festival Charity

Charity to take off at beer festival

16143461_1351451794894343_7989543817007608465_oThe biggest beer and cider festival in the North has announced North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) as its charity partner for the next two years.

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival organisers were on a mission to find a new partner and hovered over 11 applications before landing on NWAA. They were impressed by the service’s assistance saving lives and the charity’s need to raise £9 every minute helicopters are in the air.

The fleet of three helicopters operate from City (Barton, Manchester) and Blackpool airports covering the North West 365 days a year. The service is not part of the NHS or publicly-funded emergency services and needs to attract funding to keep airborne.

The charity will be circling the huge floorspace of Manchester Central, a venue more used to locomotives than helicopters, to scoop up loose change from festivalgoers as well as a guaranteed income from a share of programme sales.  And it promises some entertaining diversions for drinkers from its promotional stand. (more…)

Charity wanted to get around

The biggest beer and cider festival in the North is hoping to attract a new charity partner for 2018 and 2019.

And the ability to scoop up loose change from festivalgoers across the huge floorspace of Manchester Central is not the only opportunity offered by organisers of the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival.  The chosen charity will have a guaranteed income from a share of programme sales as well as a free promotional stand to increase awareness.  The festival will feature the charity extensively across its website, posters and social media. In return, the charity will need to provide enough trained volunteers to enrich the experience of the expected 15,000 visitors.

Although charities are encouraged to seek sponsorship for their activities, the festival can also provide introductions to corporate supporters.

The festival has grown consistently and for 2017 will offer 30% more floorspace – and more seating – than ever before. It is organised by the combined expertise of the eight Greater Manchester CAMRA branches. Offering nineteen separate bars, it has become an essential entry in most beer lovers’ calendars.

Organiser Graham Donning said: “Although we want applications in a couple of months time, the 2017 festival in January gives potential partners to visit and see for themselves the size and scope of the event. We have had some great charities in the past – all have told us festivalgoers are a generous lot. We provide some guaranteed opportunities to raise money, but we are particularly interested to attract a partner with some innovative ideas which add to our festival.”

Charities are invited to contact the festival organiser outlining their charitable aims, the number of volunteers they would expect to assist the festival, examples of similar events they have participated in and suggestions for activities they would be willing to run. Applications should be sent to organiser (at) mancbeerfest.uk by 1st March 2017. The successful partner can expect to be chosen at the festival’s review meeting that month.

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival runs from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January 2017. General entry tickets are available from www.mancbeerfest.uk


MBCF Proud to Support Breast Cancer Care

Proud To Support Breast Cancer CareBreast Cancer Care is delighted to be the charity partner for the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival for the second year running.

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer.

We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support within the Greater Manchester area, running support services in five Greater Manchester boroughs; Stockport, Tameside, Salford, Bolton and Wythenshawe.  From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control.

Breast cancer changes everything. Breast Cancer Care understands the emotions, challenges and decisions people face every day. They know that everyone’s experience is different. That’s why they are there to offer support and information and campaign for better care.

Every year, 60,000 people in the UK are told they have breast cancer, and every year more than 11,500 women die from it. It’s the most common cancer affecting women in the UK today, with 1 in 8 receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in a lifetime and one person newly diagnosed every ten minutes.

It’s vital that Breast Cancer Care’s services remain free; they’re a lifeline for the growing number of women coping with one of the most difficult challenges they will ever face. We would like to thank you in advance for supporting Breast Cancer Care at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and please come and visit our charity stand located within the festival hall.

Breast Cancer Care will be running a raffle, quiz and other games from the stand, as well as collecting festival glasses as a donation to the charity.  We have a number of volunteers within the festival hall selling programmes and also a team of bucket collectors, so please donate generously.

If you have any questions about breast cancer or Breast Cancer Care please do visit our stand to speak to a member of staff or alternatively call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

If you would like to fundraise or volunteer for Breast Cancer Care please call 0114 263 6482 or email Heather at heather.murphy@breastcancercare.org.uk .

Finally, we would like to thank the festival organisers for giving Breast Cancer Care the opportunity to be present at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and we hope you all have a brilliant time and enjoy the event!

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival supports Breast Cancer Care

The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival has chosen Breast Cancer Care as the official charity for 2016 and 2017.

Manchester’s biggest beer festival from 20 – 23 January 2016, will see over 13,000 people descend upon Manchester Central, to taste some of the best beers, ciders and perries from the UK and Europe. As part of the event, Breast Cancer Care will be raising funds and promoting local services for people affected by breast cancer.

Throughout Greater Manchester, Breast Cancer Care supports anyone facing breast cancer through a variety of services, such as their Moving Forward courses at Salford Royal Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.

Penny Berisford, from Stockport, helps facilitate the Moving Forward course and will volunteer at the Festival, says: “Breast Cancer Care was there for me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I phoned the Helpline several times – they answered questions when I couldn’t speak to the medical staff or my breast care nurse. They really helped to allay any fears that I had about treatment.

“Since then, volunteering has been a rewarding experience and I love getting out in the community and telling people about the charity. I feel it’s important for me to help as all the money raised will go towards helping women who, like me, are facing breast cancer. Just to be able to tell one more person about Breast Cancer Care, will mean that one more person will not have to face breast cancer alone.”

Anna Foley, Community Fundraiser at Breast Cancer Care says: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of CAMRA and the festival organisers. Not only will this event help us to raise money for Breast Cancer Care’s vital services, it will also help ensure more people know we are here for anyone facing breast cancer. Whether it is your Mum, sister, aunt or uncle, we provide care, support and information from day one.”

Festival Organiser Graham Donning says: “Our visitors are attracted by the opportunity to sample some of the best beers in Britain, but we know they are also a generous lot. From a long list of charities, I’m pleased our organising team chose Breast Cancer Care as our charity partner. Their support will improve the festival experience, and swell the number of volunteers involved in staging this major event.”

Over 500 British beers, ciders and perries will be available to enjoy in the main hall, alongside foreign beers from Europe and further afield.

Organisers are anticipating bigger crowds than 2015’s record-breaking attendance. Advance tickets are available from the festival website, www.mancbeerfest.uk and its Facebook page.

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For further information contact::


David Rigby, Festival Press Contact
Via contact page

Breast Cancer Care

Anna Foley, Community Fundraiser (North and Midlands)
Telephone: 0114 263 6482
Email: anna.foley@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to editors:

In line with the NHS guidelines Breast Cancer Care recommends women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, no more than three units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week, no more than four units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week.

About Breast Cancer Care:

When you have breast cancer, everything changes. Time becomes measured in appointments. The next scan. The next results. The next challenge.

At Breast Cancer Care, we understand the emotions, challenges and decisions you face every day. So, from the day you notice something’s not right to the day you begin to move forward, we’ll be here to help you through.

Whether you want to speak to our nurses, download our specialist information or connect with volunteers who have faced what you are facing now, we can help you feel more in control.

For care, support and information from day one, call our nurses free on 0808 800 6000 or visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk.

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