THIS year’s Dunfermline charity Beer Festival will be raising money for Andy’s Man Club, a support group for men suffering from all kinds of issues, from minor to major.

The Dunfermline group is based at the Erskine Building Community Centre, who meet every Monday night between 7-9pm (excluding bank holidays) to offer and receive support whenever it’s needed.

Former Dunfermline Round Table chairman Craig Smith said: “It’s been a few years since we’ve gone into our main fundraising event supporting a major charitable cause. However, in previous years we have teamed up with organisations like Anthony Nolan and Alzheimers Scotland to great effect.

"At Round Table, we’re obviously a group for young men up to the age of 45, so when we hear about what Andy’s Man Club was all about, it spoke to us on a personal level. With that in mind, it took very little time for us to see the benefits of supporting Andy’s Man Club.

“We are still hoping to be in a position to support other local and national charities following this year’s Beer Festival but having met the Scottish regional directors, Adam Allison and Alex McClintock recently, it was clear that Andy’s Man Club would be an ideal charitable organisation for the Beer Festival to partner with.

"As both Dunfermline Round Table and Dunfermline Rugby Football Club are organisations for young men, we are particularly keen to focus on male mental and physical health this year, which we hope will also be reflected in the other charities we have the opportunity to support.

"We hope that this year’s event, supported by the Press, will give Andy’s Man Club a boost to their efforts in Dunfermline and beyond; so when you’re at the Festival next month, raise a glass to Andy’s Man Club and know that your enjoyment on the night will ultimately help others.”

The Press has featured Andy's Man Club in Dunfermline recently as part of our We Need To Talk campaign, which aims to raise awarness pof mental health and combat the stigma surrounding it.

This year’s Dunfermline Beer Festival opens on Friday, September 27, from 5pm till 1am, Saturday 28 in the afternoon from 12-4pm, and Saturday night 7pm till 1am. Advance tickets are available from Ticketweb, Little Shop of Heroes, The Caledonian Craft Beer Merchant, Grill 48 and the Dunfermline RFC Clubrooms at McKane Park, priced £10.