DERBYSHIRE: Brewery and pubs boost DT hospice appeal

Raw in Staveley brewing the Derbyshire Times charity ale. Phil Bramley, Julia Rodgerson, James Mitchinson and David Hemstock
Raw in Staveley brewing the Derbyshire Times charity ale. Phil Bramley, Julia Rodgerson, James Mitchinson and David Hemstock

STAVELEY-BASED brewing company Raw and beer lovers have raised over £700 towards the Derbyshire Times’ Ashgate Hospice Appeal after producing the paper’s very own charity ale.

The pale 3.8per cent strength beer was launched just before Christmas at The White Swan in Chesterfield and was sold there and at pubs across the town to boost the DT’s campaign to raise over £25,000 for the hospice during its 25th anniversary.

David Hemstock, of Raw, said: “We were delighted to have worked with the Derbyshire Times to produce such a popular and tasty real ale for the hospice. The money raised from the charity real ale fundraiser was a fantastic £730.”

Derbyshire Times editor James Mitchinson, deputy editor Phil Bramley and reporter Julia Robertson all helped David produce the charity ale which included a blend of five hops from around the world creating a fresh citrus flavour for drinkers.

Deputy editor Phil Bramley said: “The White Swan sold out of its first and second batches of the DT hospice ale very quickly indeed and demand for the beer just showed what a fabulous tasting drink Raw produced for our campaign.”

Other pubs and clubs which sold Raw’s DT hospice ale included The Arkwright Arms, The All Inn, at Staveley, The Royal Oak, at Barlborough, Rose and Crown, Brampton, Tramway Tavern, Brampton, Clowne Community Centre, Lathkil Hotel, Over Haddon, Dancing Duck Exeter Arms, Derby, Dancing Duck New Zealand Arms, Derby, Dusty Miller, Barlborough, The Beehive, at Harthill and others.

White Swan assistant manager Jake Wood said: “Because this beer was for such a good cause and because it was so tasty it proved to be very popular and we would be interested in doing something similar again.”

So far supporters have accumulated over £3,730 in pledges for pending charity challenges and events as well as in donations towards the Derbyshire Times’ £25,000 appeal for Ashgate Hospice, on Ashgate Road, Brampton, Chesterfield.

Those backing the DT’s hospice appeal with donations or fundraising proceeds can contact Jon Cooper or email for publicity in the paper. Donations can also be made at or by cheques payable to The Derbyshire Times Ashgate Hospice Appeal which can be posted to the hospice.

Ashgate Hospice supporters are also urged to snap up tickets to join its Celebration Lunch fundraiser to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary. The event is being held at The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, from noon until 3.30pm, on Friday, March 22. Tickets cost £25 and are available by visiting or by phoning Emily Evans on (01246) 568801 or by visiting the hospice. Those interested can also email for details.