Cider drinkers raise thousands for charity

DRINKERS helped to raise more than �7,500 for good causes at the Nailsea and Backwell Beer and Cider festival.

Thousands of people flocked to Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club in July to try out the wide range of tipples on offer and raise money for charity.

As a result, the festival committee presented �3,500 to Help For Heroes and �4,000 to Nailsea Army Cadets.

Festival chairman Paul Turner said: “The festival grows each year. We are now one of the premier festivals in the area.

“We had a record for us of over 100 beers and ciders which again were nearly all drunk by the end.

“It is fantastic to raise such a large sum for worthy causes. We have now raised over �40,000 for such causes since the festival started in 2004.

“None of this would be possible without the sponsors of the festival, the bands who play for nothing and of course the thousands of people who support the event every year from all over the south west.”

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Plans are already in place for the 2011 festival from July 15-17. Anyone interested in helping out at the festival or becoming a sponsor can visit the website at