On Friday, 24th March we spent a wonderful morning making up 150 posies using Spring flowers and foraged foliage. These were bundled into boxes and delivered to the Children’s Hospital. The flowers were distributed in vases to the mothers on the wards as a special Mother’s Day gift.
On 19th March 2017, the Guild held a Table Top Sale at Redland Green School. The main entrance hall was lined with marvels of beautiful hats, jewellery, art, crafts, clothes, toys, furniture, books, beauty products and enticing edible homemade delicacies. It was the perfect haven for bargain spotters and shoppers alike and an ideal opportunity to purchase a gift before Mothering Sunday. As consumers socialised with tea and cake in hand, and wandered through the realms of alluring stalls, it proved a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning for a very worthy cause.
Thank you to all the stall holders for your kind support and to those who attended our event for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Your support, as always, is hugely appreciated.
At the start of December we spent a busy few hours gathered around a large table putting together festive wreaths, followed by a delicious homemade lunch. As a lot of the foliage was foraged and with stunning dried hydrangea heads from our Chairwoman’s garden, we managed to raise around £150 from this workshop.
On Friday, November 20th 2015, the Guild held a Sporting Legends Dinner in the Great Hall of Bristol Grammar School, just after the Rugby World Cup had finished.
Two of the finest rugby speakers attended. Firstly, Willie John McBride MBE, captain of the victorious Lions side in South Africa in 1974. He toured five times with the Lions, gaining 17 caps and obtained 63 caps for Ireland. With him was David Duckham MBE who was capped 36 times and is arguably England’s greatest winger of all time. He played in the victorious Lions side in New Zealand in 1971.
The dinner consisted of a three course meal, speeches, an auction and raffle.
The event raised enough money to purchase a scanner which will make the lives of disabled children easier. The scanner will be used by highly skilled physiotherapists and will spare the children the ordeal of having a general anaesthetic every time they come to the hospital.
Our thanks must go to all those who so generously donated prizes for our Grand Draw this year. The draw was made on the 1st October and raised a total of £1, 147.00, which will go towards our continuing support of the hospital social workers. There is an increased demand on the social workers list owing to the opening of the new wards in the hospital. The neurological patients from Frenchay and the renal patients from Southmead are now treated in the Children’s Hospital, so all the paediatric services are under one roof of the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
On Sunday, 28th September we held a children’s party to help raise funds for the Guild. We were celebrating 14 years of our supporting POD, who provide entertainment on the wards in the hospital. Colin Dymond and Snot the Dragon, who put in regular appearances at the hospital, came to entertain us all – parents and children alike. Colin makes magic and is an enchanter, with his dragon, his naughty shaggy dog and his parrot. One mother said of the party ‘ My boys adored the party! They couldn’t stop talking about it!’
Our thanks go to Colin and also to Baker Ross who generously donated materials for two craft tables at the party. Thank you to all who came to support the Guild and the work it does for the hospital. If you would like to see Snot the Dragon you can contact Colin at aceofdiamonds.co.uk.
Belle & Boo, based in Bristol and known for their original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children have very generously donated several boxes of brand new books and accessories to the Guild of Friends. We have passed this wonderful donation onto the hospital play department so that all the items can be shared and used amongst the children staying at the hospital.
We support the hospital play department throughout the year. The Play department does a wonderful job entertaining both the patients and their siblings through a myriad of creative and educational activities as well as simply providing a haven of fun. This department depends entirely on voluntary funding for its equipment from books, paint and crayons to outdoor play equipment.
The Guild of Friends and the Play Department would like to say thank you to Belle & Boo, we are very grateful for the lovely donation.
Our next fundraising event will be a family tea party featuring the POD magicians. Bring your children along for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and delicious cakes while raising money for a great cause. The date and ticket information about this event will follow shortly, so please check back soon for more details.
Smith & Williamson’s Charities Committee invites staff to nominate charities to be considered to receive a Christmas donation from the firm, often where there is some personal connection. The Guild of Friends was very fortunate to be nominated as one of many charities and we have received a donation of £200. We would like to say thank you to all the staff at Smith & Williamson.
This charity fair is run by an independent committee who for the last 15 years have supported The Guild of Friends of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. This year the Mendip Fair raised £11,850 in total and this was shared between the two chosen charities – The Guild of Friends of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospice South West.
The Guild of Friends received £5,925 from the proceeds of the fair and our grateful thanks go to the Mendip Fair Committee for allowing us to benefit from this wonderful event.
Bristol Grammar School very kindly had a collection after their carol concert in December and have donated the fantastic total of £746.00 to the Guild of Friends. We would like to say a huge thank you for this very generous donation. BGS has supported the Guild of Friends for many years and every year they give us the proceeds from their carol concert collection. Thank you for all your support over the years.
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.
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.