A Dorset brewer has pledged to support a music festival that raises money for children fighting cancer.

Hall and Woodhouse (H&W) will send 70 of its team members to apply as volunteers at Teddy Rocks Festival, when it takes place on Friday, May 3 until Sunday May 5.

The festival, which is now in its eighth year, was first held at The Greyhound pub in Blandford, which is part of the H&W family.

It since moved to a bigger site at Charisworth Farm off the A354 between Winterborne Whitechurch and Blandford.

Teddy Rocks Festival started when founder and previous employee of The Greyhound, Tom Newton, wanted to raise money for his family’s charity Teddy20, which supports children fighting cancer in the south. Following the success it’s seen since 2011, the festival has moved but The Greyhound continued to support the growing festival, by running the on-site bars.

H&W will run all the bars at the festival, investing all the profits made at this year’s festival into the charity.

Lucinda Gray, from Hall & Woodhouse, said: “We are excited about partnering with Teddy Rocks Festival in this way for 2019. It has been so wonderful to see the festival grow over the years thanks to the ongoing support of one of our local pubs.

"As a company we are passionate about supporting local people, initiatives and charities in our heartland and championing the local heroes within our community, who have built the festival into what it is today.”

Jan Boyd, landlady of The Greyhound, said: “Teddy Rocks Festival is a fantastic event that we have loved being involved with since the beginning. We will still very much be a part of the event this year and in the future, but with H&W’s support, we can help take the festival to the next level."

Tom Newton, Teddy Rocks Festival founder, added: “Each year we have seen huge growth in terms of footfall and in the amount of support we’ve received from our sponsors. Without the support we’ve had from The Greyhound over the years, there would simply be no event.

"We’re incredibly grateful to H&W for their involvement. With their help we can put on an even bigger festival and raise more money for some very worthy little people.”

For tickets and more information about Teddy Rocks Festival and Teddy 20, visit www.teddyrocks.co.uk