Wolf Brewery’s Edith Cavell Ale boosts charity for nurses

Steven Moralee, of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, is presented with a cheque by Kay Edwards of the Wolf B

Steven Moralee, of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, is presented with a cheque by Kay Edwards of the Wolf Brewery. - Credit: Archant

An ale brewed in tribute to one of Norwich's greatest heroines has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

The beer, named Edith Cavell Ale, was created by Attleborough's Wolf Brewery, and five pence from each bottle and pint sold last year was donated to the Cavell Nurses' Trust.

Swardeston-born nurse Cavell was killed on October 12, 1915 after she assisted more than 200 Allied Troops to flee German-occupied Belgium to safety in Holland.

There had been international appeals for mercy, and her death prompted thousands of people to sign up to the war effort.

The Cavell Nurses' Trust was established in 1917 following this outcry, and helps provide support to nurses during difficult times.


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Support of publicans and drinkers helped raise £2,267 for the charity, with almost 45,000 pints of the special beer sold.

Steven Moralee, of the Cavell Nurses' Trust, visited the Wolf Brewery to receive the cheque from brewery co-owner Kay Edwards.

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He said: 'We are extremely grateful to the Wolf Brewery for their donation and continuing support.

'Raising a glass of Edith Cavell Ale is a fantastic way to celebrate the life of this heroic nurse and to support nurses who are facing hardship today.'

The special ale was announced in December 2014, with the intention to support the Cavell Nurses' Trust's Centenary Appeal.

A new beer badge for pubs was produced together with information sheets provided by the Cavell Nurses' Trust.

It was also decided to offer the beer in bottles so that shops, including Beers Of Europe near King's Lynn, could support the campaign.

The Cavell Nurses' Trust gives support to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are in financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age.

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