AN ONLINE appeal has raised thousands of pounds towards the cost of rebuilding a brewery that burnt to the ground.

Good Things Brewery Company in Sand Hill Lane, Boars Head near Crowborough has been left in ruins after being struck by lightening on Sunday afternoon.

Despite only being set up for less than a day, a fundraiser started by Chris Drummond, the brewery’s founder, has raised more than £3,900.

The Argus: The GoFundMe page has raised almost £4,000The GoFundMe page has raised almost £4,000

The fundraising target has been set at £50,000 to restore the 17th century family barn.

Chris said his family and the brewing team decided to set up the fundraiser after being inundated with people asking how they could help the business to get back up and running.

Writing on the GoFundMePage, he said: “On Sunday the 25th of July our 17th century family barn & home to our brewery got struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

The Argus: Family friend Ashley Poulter said she was "devastated" after hearing the newsFamily friend Ashley Poulter said she was "devastated" after hearing the news

“Our family and Brewery team here are absolutely gutted and lost for words, we have a long journey ahead of us but are so thankful to everyone that has reached out to help so far.

“So many of you are asking to help us get back up and running and we cannot thank you enough for this, we have set this page up for all of those that have asked to support us.”

Family friend Ashleigh Poulter, 29, said she was “heartbroken” when she heard the news of the fire and was keen to help in “any way possible.”

She said: “Chris is so fantastic and his whole ethos is being built around being eco-friendly and trying to save the world one brewery at a time.

“When we heard about the fire we were just absolutely devastated, and my initial response is ‘we need to help them and rebuild the barn’ because it has such sentimental value to the entire family.

“I can’t even begin to imagine how they are feeling. I just wanted to help because they are so incredible, and they do not deserve this.”

Ashleigh created a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with the repair costs, however she says she now plans to close her fundraiser and pass on the money so efforts can be focused on Chris’s fundraiser.

In a statement on Sunday, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire cause may be linked to thunderstorms and lightning in the area.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit

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