Children spending their Christmas in hospital have been sent some much needed festive cheer in the shape of gifts from the staff at Bristol City Council.
The gifts, brought together as part of a four week collection, were presented to the children at the hospital by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Estella Tincknell.
The Deputy Mayor and staff from the council’s City Hall workplace support team were met at the hospital by play services manager for the hospital, Lynne Barlow, and introduced to some of the children.
Speaking at the hospital, the Deputy Mayor said: “Christmas is such a special time for children and their families and not being able to spend this time at home is difficult. I am delighted to be able to play a small part in making this time a little bit brighter by presenting these gifts so kindly donated by council staff. I wish to thank those who have given to this appeal and to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children staff who work so hard to support children and their families all year round.”
Lynne Barlow, play services manager at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, said: “Spreading Christmas cheer to patients and their families at a time when they may not otherwise be able to enjoy the season is really important.
“We’re very grateful for this generous donation and wish to thank all of those who have given gifts to Bristol City Council’s appeal.”
December has also seen renewed calls to support those in need at Christmas from both Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, and the Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff Lovell.
This Christmas will again see some of the most disadvantaged children in Bristol receive a voucher for a £20 voucher for a toy or clothing and a £20 voucher for food from the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal. The Appeal, which began in the 1920’s, raises £66,000 each year to make a real difference to 1,650 across Bristol.
The Appeal is generously supported by individuals, schools and businesses through donations, fundraising and lending a hand wherever possible. There are many opportunities for people to support the charity by donating and buying tickets for the carol concert, the annual dinner, and other events. Anyone wishing to know more about the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal or would like to make a donation can visit the website http://www.lordmayorofbristolappeal.co.uk/
The Mayor recently dedicated his charitable Mayor’s Fund for Bristol to support organisations and charities working to provide long term solutions to homelessness in Bristol. These grants make a significant difference to people currently rough sleeping or at risk of losing their home.
People can support this fund by contacting Quartet Community Foundation, who manage the fund, to make a donation - www.quartetcf.org.uk/mayorsfund