There’s a poignant reason for the Norwich City of Ale to be raising funds for Norfolk & Waveney Mind this year.
Money is being raised in memory of well-loved Norwich publican Carl Newell, who lost his life to depression at the beginning of the first lockdown. His partner, Dawn Hopkins, licensee of the Rose Inn, was invited to choose the charity for this year’s Festival. She takes over the story.
“Carl took his life on Friday 20th March 2020.
“That same day, as expected, it was announced that pubs would soon be closing. But my life had already been devastated by the time we were told to shut our doors. Three days later, we went into lockdown – and I wasn’t allowed to see, hug or cry with anyone outside my immediate family.
“Norfolk & Waveney MIND were a huge support to me during the time immediately after Carl’s death. They were in contact straight away and I had regular calls and even an outdoor socially distanced visit.
“They are there for anyone who needs help with their mental health and wellbeing. But they are also there for bereaved loved ones like me. Anyone who needs to talk, anyone who’s struggling.”
S&P and Wildcraft Breweries have collaborated to brew a 4.5% light, hoppy beer by the name of ‘Esprit’ to help with City of Ale’s fundraising efforts for Mind. It will be available in most of the 51 pubs taking part in Norwich City of Ale – which begins Thursday 26th May.
City of Ale co-chair David Holliday, says, “We always try to raise a bit of money for a good cause during the Festival, and we are hoping that this year in particular people will respond positively. Everyone knows someone who has struggled. Everyone in hospitality and brewing knows more than a few people who are still finding it tough.
“The work MIND does is fantastic: we’re really proud to be supporting the local branch, in memory of Carl and in celebration of his life. Donations to Norfolk and Waveney Mind can be made here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/city-of-ale. Also, come to Norwich over the next month, join in the ale trails and raise a glass of Esprit to Carl.”
Dawn says, “Carl would have loved that. He loved being a landlord. He loved being in charge of the cellar at The Rose and he loved talking to anyone who would listen about beer! I hope he will always be remembered for the passion he brought to our wonderful beer and pub community in Norwich.”