Thank you. Two simple words. I’ll come back to those later.
On Friday 11 November 2016 we ran the second Big Beery Night. Originally conceived during a conversation with Phil Hardy, the (now annualish) charity fund raiser took to Twitter in an effort to raise an ambitious target of £5000 for Macmillan Cancer.
As I write this thank you, the amount raised sits at £5174.63.
I want to thank everyone who donated but that’s not possible because a lot of those donations were anonymous, but thank you to everyone who donating an amount equal to the beers that they drank on the evening.
Just over £2100 of the total amount came from the auction that we ran on the evening. Thank you to everyone who bid and/or won a lot on the evening. Thank you also Moor Beers, Ales by Mail, Beerbods, eebria, Best of British Beer, New Zealand Beer Collective, Ireland Craft Beers, Beer Merchants, The Ale Trail, Otter’s Tears, Fergus Fitzgerald, Andy Parker/Elusive Brewing, Beer Doodles, Hawkshead, Redwillow, Adnams, Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Cloudwater, Phil Hardy, De Dolle Des, Jezza and Martin Ridge for generously donating lots for the auction.
Over a £1000 of the total came from everyone who got involved in #BadgeQuest2016. Many, many thanks to Matt Chinnery for the amount of time and effort he put into staying on top of the daily tallies. I don’t think anyone will forget that first Super Thursday where it literally rained badges.
Just under £600 of the amount came from our friends who run some of the best bottle shops in the UK. So thank you Cotteridge Wines, Little Leeds Beer House, Hop Burns and Black, Beer Central and The Hop Hideout.
Beer Nouveau in Manchester ran (as far as we know) the only taproom/bar event of the event, raising an impressive £330 from an ‘odds and ends’ beer sale and a Wii old tournament. Thank you to Steve and Lesley for your support.
The podcasting community also supported out efforts, with Beernomicon recording a special for the Big Beery Night and donating £45 in the process. Across the water our good friends Janice & Wayne Dunne (AKA The Irish Beer Snobs) ran a similar event for the Irish Cancer Society, raising €2,655.47. Well done folks and thank you all for your support.
Thank you also to Tom from #CraftBeerHour for letting us take over the Tuesday ahead of the Big Beery Night to announce the auction lots and thanks to #HopGodFriday for encouraging their drinkers to get involved.
Thank you to Ian from Lateral Advertising, who donated his time and a website to the campaign.
Thank you to my friend Clayton who joined me for The Big Beery Night and helped with the (sometimes) smooth running of the evening.
Finally, thank you Phil Hardy for convincing me that we could do this. Again.
Now, that’s a lot of thank you’s to a lot of people. But it doesn’t take 2 minutes to say thanks and its important to thank people for their efforts.
Which brings me back to “thank you”. I don’t do this for thanks, I do it because I’ve been personally affected by cancer twice. Lots of the beer community have thanked me for running the event for which I appreciate.
So thank you all once again for your support. Beer folk are good folk.