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Kicking off the rain on Bristol Giving Day

The power and positivity of  Bristol Giving Day’s ‘Kick-Off’ event succeeded in clearing the heavens on a very damp 9 October (even encouraging an appearance from the sun, later in the day). Musicians from Access Creative College’s accompanied the launch event beautifully as the group of VIPs, business people and charities gathered to take part in a ‘taster’ mini-walk involving four of the 45 charities and their matched bridges on the Temple District Route. Local author, Jeff Lucas wowed the crowed with his wealth of historical knowledge and four amazing local causes inspired us all. 

We started the walk at the stunningly modern Castle Bridge, just metres upstream from that most historical of bridges, Bristol Bridge. Emma Murray of Bristol North West Foodbank spoke about the numbers of people they’ve succeeded in helping over their 8 year history…the answer is an astounding 32,250 people. You might think that supporting so many would involve the most basic of food.  In reality they also provide gluten free food for those who can’t survive without it. Food for thought!

Moving on we encountered Castle Ditch Bridge. As Jeff says, it’s the “last visible “echo” of the castle moat”. Fortunately this poor reflection of a proud history was countered very successfully by local cause, Full Circle and their stirring presentation about their work with young people in St Paul’s. They are so accessible to the local community that they recently stepped in after a misunderstanding with police resulted in a young person being arrested. Full Circle sorted legal representation, and successfully mentored and encouraged the young person to attend their youth club and engage in positive, life-changing activities.

St Philip’s Bridge was next on our itinerary. Opened in 1841 by the Lord Mayor, it was again graced by the presence of a Lord Mayor, but over 100 years later. As happened during the opening celebration, VIP’s also took part in a procession of sorts, as our tour participants included The Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff and the Metro Mayor.  Self Injury Support was the cause highlighted here. Their pioneering work with women and girls affected by self harm and trauma includes having supported the development of the distrACT app.  This app has won the British Medical Association ‘Patient Information Award’ in the wellbeing category. 

The last stop on our journey of discovery took us back to the beginnings of Bristol, Bristol Bridge. Here we heard from local charity, All Aboard Watersports. They aim to make ‘watery domains’ accessible to all, essential in a port city. Watersports are often considered ‘luxurious’ by some, but this is what one participant had to say: “All Aboard has been an amazing experience and as well as helping me build confidence and recover, it has also encouraged me to get out and be social and take part in new things.”

 

 

 

 

We’re infinitely grateful to our Sponsors:

Burges Salmon
Bank of Ireland
Unite

Quartet Community Foundation brings together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. Our main focus at Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. We are part of a national network of 46 quality accredited Community Foundations that match those who want to give money locally with those organisations and charities working to improve local communities.

Bristol Giving Day will join together businesses and local community causes to spread generosity across the city. One day in the year to inspire extra charitable giving and right proper fun to make a big difference to lots of local causes. Organised by Quartet Community Foundation with the support of the Bristol business community, Bristol Giving Day will be vibrant and inspiring as we join together to love our city.

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