Local businesses scale new heights for Bristol Giving Day
On the first ever Bristol Giving Day on Wednesday 10 October 2018 dozens of businesses across the city took part in fundraising activities. The event, coordinated by Quartet Community Foundation, encouraged Bristol businesses to boost funding for the city’s smaller, lesser-known charitable organisations in a bid to combat the fact that, according to the Charity Commission, 90 per cent of charity giving is directed towards the 6.8 per cent largest charities in the UK, while small charities receive just 3 per cent of the total income.
Sue Turner from Quartet Community Foundation who coordinate the day said: “There are thousands of small community groups and charities that are critical to the fabric of Bristol life, but hardly get any support from business. It’s fantastic that on Bristol Giving Day people have really got behind supporting local good causes.”
The event sponsors Bank of Ireland UK, Burges Salmon and Unite Students encouraged their teams to scale new heights by organising a climbing wall on Temple Quay. Mayor Marvin Rees was one of the first people up the climbing wall while Sue Turner from Quartet Community Foundation was the first woman. The event was compered by long-term Bristol resident and TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff.
Teams from local businesses then took the climbing wall challenge. PWC were the first team up the wall, followed by Womble Bond Dickinson, Quilter Cheviot, Bank of Ireland UK and Burges Salmon. But event sponsors Unite Students won the climbing challenge, with their team completing 140 ascents of the wall.
At 12 noon Bristol’s College Green transformed into a Free Silent Disco dance floor. Students from the City of Bristol College, a group of builders on their lunchbreak and passers-by enjoyed the surreal experience until 3pm, whilst raising funds. The event, backed by the City of Bristol College, gave people a lunch time with a difference as they danced in the sunshine to a choice of three different tracks under the trees. Dancers put money in the bucket to fundraise for small, local charities in Bristol which despite their great local work so often miss out on charitable donations.
Sue Turner from Quartet Community Foundation who coordinate Bristol Giving Day said: “Small, local charities are the lifeblood of our communities but figures from the Charity Commission show that they receive just 3% of total charity income. Today people in Bristol have shown how much they love this city and how much they care about these organisations that are the beating heart of our communities.”
“We’ve put a smile on a lot of people’s faces today, particularly a group of our SEN learners – they really came out of their shells and broke out some excellent dance moves!” says Naomi McKay, Students Union and Student Engagement Coordinator at the City of Bristol College.
The Silent Disco was just one of many events taking place on Wednesday to raise funds on the first ever Bristol Giving Day coordinated by Quartet Community Foundation. Other events included the climbing wall challenge at Temple Quay, a sponsored run at Bristol Port, a bake-off at DeskLodge, a pub quiz at the Trinity Centre and high-flying trapeze antics at Circomedia on Portland Square.
The event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK, Burges Salmon and Unite Students and was supported by long-term Bristol resident and TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff who compered the climbing wall challenge, visited many local businesses and took to the trapeze for the first time at Circomedia.