The man behind charity fundraiser Betty Stogs, has vowed to continue raising money for charity despite the brewer Skinners going into administration.

Posting on his Facebook following the announcement of the news by brewery owner Steve Skinner, Fred Thomas AKA Betty, says he will continue to raise money for charity 'one way or another'.

He also thanked all his loyal fans for messages of support since the news broke.

"One way or another Betty will keep raising that much needed money for local charities," he said. "Thank you for all your kind words."

Every year Betty raises thousand of pounds for charity, not least with the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival of which Skinners was one of the main sponsors.

It is not clear what this means for the festival now although the Packet has asked the organisers for a statement.

Skinners had been the main sponsor since the festival’s formation in 2004, supplying plenty of beer, laughter and the inspirational Betty Stogs, who collects thousands of pounds every year for our charity partner the Falmouth RNLI. Over £100,000 has been donated over the years.

The Beat Betty Competition encourages groups to compete to see who can raise the most money for the charity, and this contributes hugely to the festival’s fundraising targets.

The Skinners Stage is located on Events Square and hosts the Closing Ceremony, bringing all of the groups together in a final sing-song in front of thousands.


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In Cornish folk tales Betty Stogs was a Cornish woman who lived on moorland near Towednack, Cornwall. She had a six-month-old baby but was lazy and dissipated with a neglected baby cared for by the fairies.

Skinners named a beer after her and Fred took on the role by dressing up as her at all kinds of events while raising money for charity.