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Henshaws raises record-breaking £26,000 at Beer Festival

Henshaws Beer Festival 2024 (Photo: Mike Whorley)

Henshaws Beer Festival has raised a record-breaking £26,000 following its return earlier this month.

The Henshaws Beer Fest is a vital fundraiser to support the charity's specialist college and unique Arts and Crafts centre.

The event was held on Saturday 4th and 5th May, treating visitors to two family-friendly daytime events followed by an exclusive adult-only evening session.

This year's festival saw 726 attendees, over 3000 drinks served, 14 local vendors and 27 musician performances.

Music acts included the Henshaws Hotspots band as well as a host of local artists.

Flora Simpson, Senior Fundraiser at Henshaws, said:

"What an incredible event we were able to hold for the local community and beyond.

"It was so great to showcase everything that Henshaws has to offer as well as celebrating what a special place Knaresborough is and bringing the people of the town together to raise funds for a fantastic cause!

"We are so grateful to all of the support we received from our sponsors, volunteers, all of the vendors and musicians who gave up their time to make the event a huge success and also the attendees who in buying tickets supported the charity and helped us to raise such an amazing amount, which will go towards all of the services we offer across the North of England. 

"We hope to see you at our next event ‘Bed Fest’ on June 8th for another weekend of celebrations, kindly supported by Specsavers."

This year, the festival boasted 30 handpicked beers, gins, wines, and ciders, all proudly crafted in Yorkshire.

Local breweries such as Cold Bath Brewing, Daleside, Harrogate Brewing Co, Roosters, and Turning Point once again united to offer the best of the best in beer for this yearly event. 

They also had delicious Gin from Slingsby the popular Harrogate brand as well as wine and fizz from Yorkshire Heart Vineyard. 

Evelyn Partners, the proud sponsors of the event this year, expressed their excitement and support for the festival and Henshaws' impactful work.

Viki Herrtage, Associate Director of Evelyn Partners, said: 

“We are thrilled to support this fabulous local event and the wonderful work that Henshaws does for people living with sight loss and other disabilities.”

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