WAKEFIELD Festival of Beer is set to return this weekend (September 19 – 21) in a different venue helping to breathe new life into the former market hall and raising cash to tackle a disease that claims the lives of 12 young men in the UK each week.
The organisers, Wakefield Round Table, is aiming to raise £15k for the Rory Embling Foundation part of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity.
In common with victims of CRY, Rory was apparently young and fit with no outwards sign of cardiac disease, but within minutes of complaining of chest pains, while on his way to watch a boxing match, he was dead.
A trainee paralegal with a local firm, Rory, in common with other victims of CRY had everything to live for.
Mathew Wood is one of the organisers of the Wakefield Festival of Beer. He said: “Each year we set an ambitious target. This year we have three charities, so we had to think big and the Festival of Beer reflects that.
“Cardiac Risk in the Young strikes at the very heart of the community robbing families of young ones before they have achieved their potential. In the first instance the Festival of Beer will raise awareness. But we also want to signpost young men to screening and thirdly raise cash for research.
“The Festival of Beer starts on Thursday evening with a trade event for local landlords and buyers free to have a leisurely look at new beers and drinks. Friday afternoon we have our corporate event and then Friday evening and all-day Saturday it is open to the public.
“The old market hall is a central location and a landmark venue. There is plenty of space for dancing to the bands and our new food offer.”
Wakefield Round Table are also raising money for World Academy in Hemsworth, which provides alternative learning for young people and mental health charity Thinking Forward