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Pod Support

As part of its annual expenditure, The Guild of Friends provides financial support to the Pod Charitable Trust.  Pod provides entertainment for children in hospital and this year the Guild of Friends have funded 12 entertainment visits to help cheer up lots of children.  The shows are appreciated by children, parents and staff alike and they bring fun and laughter into the Hospital at every visit.

“An excellent escape from being on the ward, my son loved every minute of it.  It is wonderful for children who are less mobile to be able to fully use the play room in this way; it’s a great escape and amazing to see a smile on their faces and hear their laughter”  Chris, Father of Ethan.

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“Having spent some time in hospital with my son Jack, we noticed a flyer advertising an entertainer in BCH.  My son had been quite upset and I thought I would take him to watch the show.  It was just what the doctor ordered for Jack, he loved every minute of it.  Fantastic use of fun in a sometimes sad situation, I fully support it.  It was great for the kids and adults, the kids laughed so much.  Well done and thank you, it has put a big smile on my boys face”  Mr Geraghty, Father of Jack

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Previous Events

Bridge Evening & Summer Serenade

As part of The Guild of Friends annual fundraising calendar, a number of different events are held aimed at attracting support from the wider community.  In the past these have included The Summer Serenade and a Bridge Evening.

The Summer Serenade has been held at Clifton College annually for the last 3 years.  The audiences have been able to witness some magnificent young musical talent with recitals provided by the Clifton College Soloists and The Bristol Ensemble which also featured the much acclaimed violin soloist, Julia Hwang.

The last Bridge Evening held at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral, was attended by nearly 60 keen Bridge players who enjoyed a light supper whilst enjoying a number of rubbers and raising over £1,000.

Cough Assist Devices

In October 2012 we purchased 2 Nippy Clearway Cough Assist Machines for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.  Both machines are now in use with the physiotherapy team both on the wards and in Out-Patients helping patients with their respiratory conditions.  These machines are especially important during the winter conditions and have a direct benefit to patient care.

Antarctica: A Journey

In September 2012, Capt. John Reynolds Harper, Master of the RRS Ernest Shackleton Supply ship for the British Antarctic Survey  gave up his time to give an engaging and informative afternoon talk ‘Antarctica: A Journey’ to the attendant audience.

Captain John Reynolds Harper has served with the British Antarctic Survey for over 30 years having been awarded the Polar Medal by Prince Charles for his services.  He is master of the RRS Ernest Shackleton, supply ship for the British Antarctic survey.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  Based in Cambridge, it has, for over 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain’s scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent.  It now shares that continent with scientists from over thirty countries.

The afternoon talk was well attended at The Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School and guests enjoyed an afternoon tea of homemade cakes on beautiful vintage china.  The event successfully raised over £2,000 for The Guild of Friends.

The Committee is immensely grateful to Captain John Reynolds Harper for making this event possible and also to the kind generosity of Bristol Grammar School in donating the use of The Great Hall for the afternoon.


Hospital Equipment Donations — Prosthetic Mannequin Baby

All hospitals work on budgets and there are always pieces of equipment that are on a “wish list” but are not within the main budget.

Every year The Guild of Friends asks staff at Bristol Children’s Hospital what equipment is needed to assist in the care and general wellbeing of young patients.  In 2011, the Guild of Friends were asked to donate £18,000 towards a prosthetic mannequin baby able to simulate a wide variety of childhood ailments via a computer.  This was the first time that such a mannequin had been available to the medical staff and they were delighted to receive the donation.  It reinforces Bristol’s place as an internationally recognised research establishment for childhood illnesses thus providing vital training to enable staff to recognise life threatening symptoms at early stages.