GROUPS in west Dorset are saying 'cheers' after getting a financial boost from Dorset's Hall & Woodhouse brewery.

A total of 43 charities and community groups across the south of England will share £50,000 from the brewery's Community Chest Awards.

Local recipients include Bridport and District Citizens Advice which gets £1,000, 1st Beaminster Scout Group (£500) and Portesham-based Read Easy South Dorset (£600).

The annual awards are an initiative created by Hall & Woodhouse with the ambition to improve both the facilities and the lives of people in the community, by providing grants to local voluntary groups and causes that require financial support.

Applications will be open for the 2022 Community Chest awards in February, where voluntary groups can request funding ranging from £400 to £4,000, to help them achieve their aims. Grants could be awarded for new equipment, training, transport or running costs, and can be made towards youth services, the elderly, or any other projects that enhance the local community.