A FAMILY hoping to give a little boy with complex needs the best chance in life are hoping to find help in beer – literally.

Ben and Emmie Taylor have organised a charity beer tasting evening in Penistone to help contribute to their mammoth fund-raising effort to help their three-year-old son Beau. Due to a genetic change which wasn’t discovered until after he was born, Beau has been unable to learn to walk, and cannot sit unsupported or talk.

But the couple, of Penistone, have dedicated themselves to researching a variety of specialist therapies which can help boost his development, including some only available abroad, and have also explored the potential of surgery performed by a specialist in America.

However none of this would be funded by the NHS so they hope to raise as much money as they can to give Beau as much support as possible. They hope to raise £150,000.

Next weekend they will host Beers for Beau after enlisting the support of Whitefaced Brewery and head brewer Dave Hampshaw. The beer tasting evening will offer everyone six half-pint samples, with food and music to raise funds for Beau to have therapies the NHS can’t provide.

“We’re hoping it’s going to be a fantastic night, with live entertainment and nibbles, and a chance to have fun while helping support Beau,” said Emmie.

“The road of a special needs kid is a bumpy one with no way of predicting what lies ahead but with therapies and surgeries hopefully his future will be brighter and he will be allowed to reach his full potential.

“Beau is such a happy, smiley boy, we just want to keep that smile beaming with joy of achievement and not turn to frustration.”

Beers for Beau is at Penistone St John’s Community Centre next Saturday January 25, from 7.30pm.

  • Email beers4beau@outlook.com for tickets or see the @adventureswithbeaujangles Facebook page.