WORCESTER Beer Festival proved to be a real winner in its second year - especially for a Malvern charity.

More than 2,700 people supported the event at Worcester Racecourse and some 12,000 pints were supped during the long weekend, with the Church End beer "Enigmatic Variations" coming out on top.

The CAMRA-run festival raised more than £300 for Oxfam through a sponsored haircut and at least £300 will be donated to Kaleidoscope Breakaway and St Richard's Hospice in Worcester.

Kaleidoscope offers respite care to the parents of young children with severe special needs in Malvern. Diana Maiden, who runs the charity, said the festival's support was "brilliant" news.