The Dunfermline Charity Beer Festival is approaching it’s 16thyear and to date, the local charity event has raised over £300,000 for local and national charities and good causes. As Chairman of the organising committee, our Associate Director Craig Smith is doing his bit this year to raise vital funds for the event’s chosen charities this year. Beer Festival funds raised by Dunfermline Round Table this year will be donated to both Andy’s Man Club and Cahonas Scotland.
Andy’s Man Club provide a weekly drop in support group for men over 18 who are struggling and provide a safe and friendly place to talk and get the required support. Last year, there were 784 suicides in Scotland – 75% of which were male – and organisations like Andy’s Man Club are doing all that they can to try and change that and to get rid of the stigmas which still exist around mental health. Andy’s Man Club have groups both in Fife and all across the UK.
Cahonas Scotland are a testicular cancer charity, educating men on the common symptoms. 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK each year, making it the most common cancer among men in this country under the age of 50. However, it is also one of the most curable cancers if caught early, which is where Cahonas Scotland come in. The charity’s goal is for self-checks to become part of everyone’s morning routine, meaning cancer can be detected early with more effective treatment.
The annual charity event takes place this year at the Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Friday 27th& Saturday 28thSeptember.