Charities benefit from brewery's birthday party

PUBLISHED: 11:33 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:33 10 August 2015

Patrick McCaig presents cheques to Marc Astley, trustee of the Exeter Foundation, Caroline Creer, fundraising director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Richard Cousins, corporate relationships manager for Hospiscare.

Patrick McCaig presents cheques to Marc Astley, trustee of the Exeter Foundation, Caroline Creer, fundraising director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Richard Cousins, corporate relationships manager for Hospiscare.

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Ottery Brewery raised £7,500 for Exeter Foundation, Hospiscare and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

A brewery near Honiton has raised more than £7,500 for three charities after celebrating its silver anniversary.

Ottery Brewery, established in 1990 by David and Mary Ann McCaig, raised the funds for Exeter Foundation, Hospiscare and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

The money was raised over two nights as the brewery hosted a party for landlords, suppliers and associates, followed two days later by a black tie charity ball, attended by 340 guests.

Patrick McCaig, sales and marketing director of Otter Brewery, said: “As a family-run business, a big part of our community work is supporting local charities that are close to our heart. We chose these three specifically because of the rapport we have with them and the invaluable work they do.”

The funds will be used by the charities in different ways - Hospiscare will put it towards its new day centre in Honiton, while the Devon Air Ambulance will put the cash towards its £4.5million target needed to operate each year.

The Exeter Foundation, a civic trust affiliated with the Exeter Chiefs, will help other charities which this year includes Families for Children, Age UK Exeter and Dream-A-Way.

Mr McCaig added: “The work that all of these organisations do will absolutely make a huge difference to thousands of people’s lives locally and that’s why we’re delighted to be able to help.”

In November, Otter Brewery will be raising money for the Poppy Appeal with five pence from every pint of Poppy Otter sold in West Country pubs going to the Devon branch of The Royal British Legion.

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