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Brewery in Reading raises thousands to build memorial for victims of Forbury Gardens attack

Picture credits: Phantom Brewing Co

A recently established brewery in Reading are hoping their re-opening this weekend (11/07/20) will help to boost their fundraising efforts, to build a memorial for the victims of last month's tragic Forbury Gardens attack.

Phantom Brewing Co launched their crowdfunder on the 23 June, looking to raise over £5,000 and have raised just over £3,500 so far.

With the brewery now re-opening their Tap Room from this Saturday, they're hoping it will help to accelerate their efforts through having another stream and a personal means of fundraising.

The brewery - which has only been open since November 2019 - had to close in March in accordance with Government guidance, which meant their only avenue for fundraising was virtually.

(Phantom Brewery are hoping their re-opening this Saturday will help to boost their fundraising efforts. Picture credits: Phantom Brewery)

They say they decided to launch the fundraiser, after being left "shocked, saddened and appalled" by the events at Forbury Gardens last month, where three people lost their lives.

They say they're liaising with local organisations across the town, such as Reading Borough Council, who are speaking to the families of the victims on what kind of memorial they would like.

The brewery has since received support from local Reading FC fan group, Elm Park Royals, who are selling t-shirts in tribute of the victims, which will then see funds donated to the memorial fundraiser.

The "Reading Together" logo itself was designed by the University of Reading, demonstrated the togetherness of the local community.

If the fundraiser reaches the £5,000 fundraising target, it'll see excess funding support further initiatives in memory of the victims, which the brewery say will be decided by the families' wishes.

Co-owner Dom Gemski has told us it's been "really heartening" to see the support of the local community in the "face of adversity".

If you're interested in donating to the fundraiser, you can do so by clicking here.

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