At Bristol and Avon Group, we believe that working within the community to support local groups, clubs and charities is an important part of our role as a key business within the region. We frequently work alongside great causes to give back and support those in need. Below is a short list of organisations we’ve recently collaborated with, and who we’d love to draw your attention to:
Meningitis Now was founded in 2013 by Steve Dayman MBE a close friend of the Berkely Family, bringing together Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust. During the 1990’s Jimmy Berkely, gained much pleasure in being able to help with all the incredible work Steve did in raising funds to raise awareness of this devastating disease and develop an effective vaccine against Meningitis B. Meningitis Vaccine approved for use in 2013. The organisation exists to save lives and rebuild futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support for sufferers of meningitis. Now in its 27th year, the Five Valleys Walk is an annual event which aims to raise funds for vital research and provide lifelong support and care for affected families. Bristol and Avon Group continue to be an active supporter of Meningitis Now and recently donated over £1500 for the Five Valleys Walk 2014.
Cycle for Huck
In aid of Mark Hucklebridge
Cycle for Huck took place on 15th March 2014 to raise money for Mark Hucklebridge, an employee of one of Bristol and Avon Group’s customers. Battling cancer, Mark set himself a number of tasks in order to raise money for Bath Royal United Hospital. When Mark became too ill to complete the tasks, friends and family rallied and Cycle for Huck was born. Naturally, Bristol and Avon Group jumped at the chance to support this fantastic cause, and as a result of a very successful bike ride, Mark and his family were able to enjoy some much needed rest and recuperation.
Little Sisters of the Poor
The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan, now present in over 30 countries around the world. An admirable organisation in so many ways, they are devoted to the local community – welcoming, comforting, caring for and accompanying the elderly during the end stages of their lives. To be used as a prize in their Spring Fayre 2104, Bristol and Avon Group donated a hamper to the Little Sisters’ Bristol faction, based on Cotham Hill.
Green Machine Computers
Computer Recycling and Refurbishment Specialists
Green Machine is an IT company taking care of computer waste. They aim to recycle the whole computer and supply machines capable of high speed internet both to families on low income and students, at an affordable price.
In July 2014, Green Machine aimed to receive 1000 computers from companies across the UK. When they reached their target, £1000 was donated to a charity nominated by one of their donators. During July, Bristol and Avon Group gave over 100 items to the organization, covering monitors, key boards, hard drives, cartridges and an old photocopier. We entered the NSPCC into the draw as our chosen charity, and continue to contribute to Green Machine frequently.
Together for Short Lives
Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. They aim to provide support to families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. In June 2014, a friend Bristol and Avon Group faced her fear of heights to abseil down the face of Bristol’s Avon Gorge. She raised a large sum for the charity and as a company we couldn’t be prouder to say we were part of such a fantastic achievement!
Fighting homelessness and poverty
Friend of Bristol and Avon Group, Steven Toshack of Premier Asset Finance, recently raised over £2000 for homelessness and poverty in the UK by taking part in CEO Sleepout on the streets of Cardiff. Aiming to promote awareness and raise funds across multiple cities, these nationwide events see business leaders give up their beds to help those who don’t have one. Bristol and Avon Group are ecstatic to have helped Steven achieve such a sum.
Bristol Oncology Centre
In 2014, Bristol Oncology Centre held a silent auction to raise funds to support new and ongoing projects. The centre is currently researching a new technology used for the treatment of cancer patients, a worthy cause Bristol and Avon Group are happy to support.
The Matt Hampson Foundation
Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport
Friend of the company Andy Regan took part in a charity cycling event in September 2014 in aid of The Matt Hampson Foundation. The charity aims to provide advice, support, relief and treatment for anyone suffering from a serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but particularly through sport or recreation. Andy cycled from Paris to Geneva, an endeavor we truly admire and were eager to donate to.
The Ride for Precious Lives
Making the most of short and precious lives across the South West
Covering 205 miles, 3 counties and 3 hospices, The Ride for Precious Lives is a charity cycle ride, which attracts cyclists of all abilities, raising over £335,000 in the last five years. A friend of the company took part in the 2014 race and we offered our support for this fantastic cause.
The Christ the King Parish of Thornbury is a dynamic and valued part of the local community. The parish provides vital facilities for people of all ages and interests, from a variety of local groups. The Heritage Lottery Fund was used to organise Thornbury Beer Festival – a fundraising event which proved hugely popular in the community. As a local business leader, Bristol and Avon Group stand behind the parish and are proud to contribute to the building maintenance fund.