St Edmunds Society (St-Eds) have been adopted as the Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA branch’s charity for 2015 and any funds raised throughout the year will be donated to the Norwich charity.
St-Eds is based on Oak Street and delivers construction qualifications and employment skills to young people aged 14+ at risk of social exclusion.
Mainly fundraising takes place at the annual Norwich Beer Festival and staff from St-Eds will be present throughout the public session of the 2015 Norwich Beer Festival which runs from Monday 26th to Saturday 31st October at St Andrew’s & Blackfriars’ Halls in Norwich.
Lorraine Bliss, St-Eds CEO said: "I was overwhelmed when my PA and CAMRA member, Debbie Grantham, told me news of St-Eds' adoption as charity of the year for 2015. I'm particularly delighted because the charity is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and this is a fantastic present!
"On behalf of my staff team and trustees, I would like to thank the Norwich & Norfolk branch of CAMRA for bestowing this upon us and for the opportunity to highlight the important work St-Eds is doing to deliver accredited training in construction, motorcycle mechanics and nail technology to young people at risk of social exclusion in Norfolk.
Any funds which are generously raised will go towards equipping our workshop in Oak Street with the tools and equipment needed for our trainees to complete their courses and go onto meaningful employment."
Preparations for this year’s Beer Festival are continuing with orders already being placed for some of the merchandise, including with the logo depicting Norfolk WW1 heroine Edith Cavell , and volunteers are already preparing equipment and signing up to help during the festival.
Sponsors of the three main public areas, St Andrew’s Hall, Blackfriars’ Hall and the Foreign Beer Marquee are also available. Advance tickets will be on sale from Monday 3rd August with further details on the Branch’s website and Facebook pages soon.