BO’NESS Real Ale Appreciation Society raised a glass on Monday at The Riverview to all the sponsors who helped make last year’s festival their biggest success in a decade, sharing £2920 between good causes.
Charity Bosom Buds of Scotland, who donate funds to St John’s oncology unit, cancer research and the supply of real hair wigs, received £2000.
The Joint Dementia Initiative got £175 towards supporting those with memory problems live as long as possible in their own homes, responding to their needs and those of their families and carers innovatively and creatively.
The Tuesday Club - chiefly voluntary - at St Andrew’s Church provides day care for those with dementia in Bo’ness, laying on excursions, bingo, crafts, bowls and lots of singing - also got £175.
A donation of £150 will go to Strathcarron Hospice via Bo’ness Community Constable Davie Purves, who played in a recent 24-hour golf marathon that hit a fundraising target of around £3000.
Barrel sponsors Bosom Buds, The Friends of Kinneil and the Bo’ness Victorian Street Fair shared a further £420.
Toasting their backers, BRAAS’ Guy Goodwin said: “We can only do what we do because we have the sponsors we have - we had 48 last year, the largest number ever.”
In the past decade £12,500 has been raised and BRAAS hopes support will continue.
*Plans are well underway for this year’s festival at Bo’ness Town Hall on October 7 and 8.