Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to benefit from Portsmouth Beerex

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BEER tokens left over from the latest Portsmouth Beerex will be used to help a local cause.

The local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is totalling up the value of tokens that weren’t used and will then donate that sum to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Last weekend’s festival, organised by Camra members, proved a success as hundreds of punters came to try a range of different beers and ciders at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.

Event co-organiser Martyn Constable said it was important local organisations that help to make a difference benefited.

He said: ‘We just like local causes.

‘Gosport Winterfest supported Asthma UK but normally what we do is for local causes.

‘It’s nice to support a local cause and it ties in together with our support for local beer.’

About 65 real ales, 20 ciders and a selection of craft beers and English wine ran through the taps at the festival.

And guests were treated to a range of live music and a barbecue.

Talking about it all went, Martyn said: ‘It was a success.

‘It was a lot, lot better than last year’s and it will grow year on year.

‘We sold lots of tickets on the door, which is something we don’t normally do.’

Martyn also reinforced his support for The News Love Your Local campaign, which celebrates everything that is good about the British pub and continues to raise awareness the industry faces.

He said: ‘It’s very important, it’s a good thing to do.’