Charities given helping hand thanks to festival

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HUNDREDS of pounds were raised for worthy causes at a beer festival.

A total of £900 collected at Portsmouth Beer Festival – Christmas Sessions has been split between Tom Prince Cancer Trust and the RNLI.

The money was raised through games visitors played at the event inside Portsmouth Guildhall.

They included ones where you had to guess an object’s weight and a spin-off of the TV game show Play Your Cards Right.

Festival co-organiser Ben Miles said it was a big success and that he was pleased with the amount.

‘It’s great,’ he said. ‘We were a little down on the amount we raised at the festival in May, but nonetheless it’s still nearly £1,000 and it’s nice to give that money to these two charities.

‘Tom Prince Cancer Trust is a local, family charity and the RNLI, although a national charity, has a big presence around Portsmouth – so it’s good to keep things local.’

Dates for this year’s Portsmouth Beer Festival have now been confirmed.

The event will once again be held at the Guildhall from May 15 to 16 and will feature more than 100 cask ales as well as a selection of ciders and lagers.

There will also be live entertainment, street food and money will go to charity.

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