Brewery launches ale for arson-hit animal centre

By Jamie Brassington | Sedgley | Dudley entertainment | Published:

A special ale has been launched to help an animal sanctuary recover from a suspected arson attack.

Head of new business development at the brewery Stephanie Jones

Fixed Wheel Brewery, in Halesowen, has launched the ale to raise funds for the Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, based in Sedgley.

The sanctuary caught fire on September 16 - in what firefighters believed was an arson attack - and the popular centre was forced to close to the public as a result.

Repairs have been needed as around 10 metres of an outer perimeter wooden fence were destroyed.

To help fund the effort, Fixed Wheel Brewery has launched Brockswood Real Ale which features the same logo as the animal sanctuary, which is of a badger.

Scott Povey, who runs the brewery, said: "We have done a bit of charity with Brockswood before, so when I saw the news that the sanctuary had been targeted in an arson attack, we decided to help them out.

"Sales from the ale so far has been doing well. A fundraising campaign for the sanctuary has reached nearly £2,000.

"We will be officially launching the ale this weekend. We brewed the ale especially for the animal sanctuary."


The ale was officially launched over the weekend. The special brew has been stocked in pubs across the Black Country and Birmingham.

A fundraising campaign set up to help the sanctuary reached £1,904 as of Saturday.

Members of support have been left on the website.

Kate O'Neil said: "Absolutely awful, but also good to see people rallying round. Best of luck to you."


Jackie Kimberley said: "It is imperative that small charities like this continue to be viable to save vulnerable animals."

Jackie Moylan added: "I hope you get back up and running as soon as possible so that you can continue your good work for the animals."

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