Surgeon to run beer festival for charity

Surgeon James Forster who is organising a charity beer festival to raise 'funds for surgical equipment abroad.

Surgeon James Forster who is organising a charity beer festival to raise 'funds for surgical equipment abroad.

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A SURGEON is to run a charity beer festival to raise money for overseas medical equipment.

Urology surgeon James Forster, 35, is aiming to fundraise for a £15,000 X-Ray machine for a Sri Lankan Hospital where he is set to operate on locals with kidney stones.

Mr Forster, who is staging the September 8 ale event at Blacker Hall Farm, said: “I’m going to Sri Lanka in December to operate on their patients with kidney stones. Sri Lankan patients tend to form large and dangerous kidney stones, in a country with limited medical expertise and equipment due to civil unrest and the Tsunami.

“The purpose of the beer festival is to raise money to buy and ship over an X-ray machine for their operating theatres.”

Wakefield-born Mr Forster, who works at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, is part of a larger fundraising drive headed by eminent surgeon Graham Watson, who has recruited six surgeons and another consultant for the trip. Each must raise £2,000 each.

Mr Forster, a former Crigglestone Junior and Kettlethorpe High School pupil, said: “I thought a beer festival would be far easier than running a marathon or swimming the Channel but it’s probably more work and has taken over my life.”

He has enlisted the help of his parents Peter and Sylvia Forster, of Crigglestone, Wakefield CAMRA, Ossett Brewery, and his old school friend Edward Garthwaite from Blacker Hall Farm. There will be 20 Yorkshire-based beers on, a prosecco and strawberries tent, food and music. Tickets for the event, which runs from noon to 8pm, cost £5 and are available from www.charitybeerfestival.co.uk and Blacker Hall Farm Shop, Branch Road, Calder Grove.