Charity peeps

Stories about The Town Which Keeps On Giving are on the February and March, 2018 front pages of Nailsea People


DISCOUNT DAY: The Changing Lives charity shop at Clevedon Walk, Nailsea, is having a 10 per cent off sale on Saturday, September 15. The shop supports people suffering from poverty, deprivation and social exclusion. It is currently looking for more volunteers in a variety of roles from manning the shop to driving the house clearing van. People able to repair and/or upcycle donated furniture also needed. Call Sally Watts on 01275  870707 for more details.

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An invitation to Charlton Farm

Cherri Mansfield, pictured, has been volunteering at Charlton Farm since it opened just down the road from her Nailsea home in April 2007.

The Children's Hospice South West converted the old farm buildings and barns in grounds formerly belonging to the Tyntesfield Estate.

Cherri remembers when the hospice was still a building site.

She said: “There was mud everywhere when I first started volunteering at the Wraxall children’s hospice.

"Hundreds of people came to look around before the house had even opened, it was still under construction and we had to ask people to wear those funny blue things on their shoes.

"We showed people around the old barns, farmhouse and the cowsheds and tried to paint a picture in people’s minds of what it would become; a beautiful house for poorly children to visit for respite, emergency and end of life care.”

Eleven years on and the mud and cowsheds are gone, but Cherri is still there and still telling visitors and supporters all about the work they do.

A home from home for many, Charlton Farm supports more than 200 local families who face the emotional and physical strain of caring for children who, sadly, are not expected to live into adulthood.

Cherri began volunteering with CHSW after seeing an advert in the local paper asking for help.

She said: “I started volunteering in the fundraising office, then at events and before long I was taking people on tours.

"I enjoy being able to show people how wonderful Charlton Farm is.

"Sometimes people are reluctant to visit as they don’t know what to expect, but once they come through the door they are amazed at how homely it is and how happy people are.

"They can’t believe the surroundings, the facilities and the thought that has gone into it.”

It is the special family stories, precious memories and great friendships formed that make Charlton Farm so special.

Cherri added: "People who visit are moved to hear stories of how families who have been referred to the hospice come for their first visit feeling frightened, overwhelmed or full of trepidation and leave feeling hopeful and comforted, knowing that we will always be here for them, no matter what.

“Often people expect it to be like a hospital or an adult hospice, but it is neither of these.

"It’s an extension of families’ own homes where they can relax, enjoy the company of others and leave feeling recharged.”

There are no planned family stays during Charlton Farm’s open days, so although you won’t hear the usual noise and laughter that fills the house, it will give you a brilliant insight into children’s hospice life. 

Charlton Farm open days are by appointment only.

Call 01275 866600 or email to book.

The next dates are Mondays, October 15 and November 19.

Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.

It is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families

There are three hospices in the South West: Little Bridge House in Barnstaple (opened 1995), Charlton Farm in Bristol (opened 2007) and Little Harbour in St Austell (opened 2011)

It costs around £9 million to run the three hospice sites each year and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions.

CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support and specialist medical care - all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

The services are free for families.

To find out more about its work click HERE.

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CHSW invite to open evening at Nailsea

This autumn Children's Hospice South West is hosting an art exhibition in Nailsea.

It is on Friday, October 5, and the special open evening is at the Tithe Barn.

This is an invitation to come along and discover what CHSW means to children, families, volunteers, supporters and staff through their art, craft, poems and stories.

The art show and story share is from 6-8pm and everybody is welcome to drop into the Tithe Barn Hall to see the art, listen to poems and hear short stories of people’s experiences of life at CHSW.

Entry is free and the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary glass of wine.

As well as art and stories, there will also be an interactive musical session with music therapist Adam Kishtainy, and the opportunity to meet and talk to volunteers and members of the care team from the CSHW charity at Wraxall.

Emma Parker, of Charlton Farm, said: "Art and craft activities help to break down barriers and acts as a form of therapy for our children with life limiting conditions, as well as for their whole family.

"Sometimes the children have so much to say but cannot find the words to express how they feel.

"That’s when messy play works best.

"Every picture tells a story and messy play has helped so many children tell theirs.

"Just like a photo or letter the picture is there forever, alongside the treasured memories.’

The open evening will be a very special community event, which not only lets local people gain an insight into children’s hospice life, through art and stories, but also gives each member of the Charlton Farm family a chance to express and share what CHSW means to them in a creative way.

If you would like to find out more about the care and support Charlton Farm provides to children who are not expected to live into adulthood and their families, discover ways you can get involved and learn why the top word used by families to describe CHSW is ‘fun’ pop along on the night or you can call 01275 866600 or email for more information.

Bubble fun run

Bristol Bubble Rush is on Saturday, September 15, at the North Somerset Showground.

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – it features billions of brightly coloured bubbles!

The 5k course starts in a sea of bubbles and features four Bubble Stations along the route where cannons pump out even more foamy fun.

The course is family friendly, so entrants can run, jog, walk or toddle through the foam.

People can even dance if they want to!

The most important thing is to enjoy time in the bubbles.

Entry is adult £22, child £8.

Bristol Bubble Rush is organised in partnership with St Peter’s Hospice.

Sign up for Bristol Bubble Rush 2018 or can download a sponsorship form by clicking HERE.


Gala charity night

Luke’s Army is launching news of its first gala night on Saturday, February 1, 2019.

And the organisers say it is going to be a fabulous party.

They have chosen Friday, September 7, which is Duchenne Awareness Day to announce details.

Luke’s Army is a group of people dedicated to raise £100,000 to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy a rare muscle wasting condition affecting mainly boys and decreases life expectancy.

The fundraising began in September 2017 when a four-year-old Nailsea schoolboy was diagnosed.

His mum Lisa Cramphorn supported by family and friends have already raised half the target amount by numerous sponsored stunts including sky dives, mufti days, Santa’s Run, cake and craft sales and much more.

Emmerdale soap star and London-based comedienne Louise Howells who went to school in Nailsea and is close friends with Lisa rallied support and contributed more than £3,000 to the funds. 

Louise did a sponsored Sober October to collect monies.

The 2019 event is on Saturday, February 1, at the beautiful venue is Old Down Manor at Tockington which is north of Bristol.

The plan is to host a drinks reception with entertainment, three course meal followed by live music from Bring Down the House and late disco.

Bring Down The House is a 14 piece Bristol wedding band providing a potent cocktail of funk, rock, disco, Motown, soul and blues.

Tickets will be available online only with a discount for those booking a table of eight.

So save the date, get planning...and watch this space.

Click HERE to contribute.

Race charity night

Nailsea has been in mourning ever since the untimely death of Claire Tavener.

But her friends have turned their grief into something positive for her two small boys and set up a fund to help the youngsters in the future.

The 27-year-old mum who worked at the Old Farmhouse died from multiple stab wounds at her Brendon Gardens home on January 8 this year.

Her husband Andrew Tavener, aged 45, a tree surgeon, pleaded guilty to murder and received a life sentence.

Now the loyal group want to organise a Virtual Race Night as their final event and are looking for eight local businesses to sponsor a race on Saturday, August 18, at Nailsea Masonic Hall.

They are asking for each to contribute £100 which will go directly to the young boys.

For this race sponsors get four tickets, a page advertisement in the race programme and the opportunity to name their horses.

Contract Laura Hunt for more details.

A Go Fund Me page set up with the original goal of raising £1,000 for Claire’s small sons exceeded that amount in hours and now stands at more nearly £20,000.

To contribute click HERE.

UPDATE 1: Five fantastic businesses have come forward to sponsor the event now only one more is needed - can you help? Contact Laura Hunt via her Facebook page or email and we will pass your details on.

UPDATE 2: Bakers the Butchers at Nailsea have come forward to sponsor a race - thank you.

BAILEE BLUE: Last week in Gromit Unleashed 2: Behind the Scenes at Bristol Children's Hospital, they shone a light on the palliative care and bereavement support team, and this week they highlighted a very special fundraiser Jemma, Lee, Gracie-Leigh and family along with Nailsea schools wore blue in memory of little Bailee, who passed away at just four years old at Bristol Children's Hospital. Wearing blue – Bailee's favourite colour – Bailee's family wanted to say thank you to the team that took fantastic care of their brave little boy, and contribute to the outstanding service that will help other families in the future. The fund has now topped £2,000. Grove Pre-school children, pictured at morning registration, also wore blue in memory of  Bailee who went there last year and two of his cousins also attend the playschool

Blue for a dear little boy


On Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, family and friends from Nailsea will be wearing Blue For Bailee to raise money and awareness for the palliative care and bereavement team at Bristol children's hospital.

Bailee Cook, aged four, died suddenly in April this year.

The much-loved and popular little boy was in reception at Golden Valley Primary School at Nailsea Park.

Fellow pupils will be joining in the fundraiser as a tribute to their classmate.

Headteacher Kevin Lynch said: "This coming Saturday would have been Bailee’s fifth birthday and with his parents we have been talking about holding a special day in Bailee’s memory.

"I have agreed in exchange for a donation towards the family’s chosen charity that the children can wear blue clothing on Friday as this was Bailee’s favourite colour.2

"Golden Valley's young musicians will also be wearing blue during the Friday afternoon concert."

The school is hoping to install a special bench in Bailee’s memory at a later date.

For parents Jemma and Lee this is their way of saying ‘thank you’ to the hospital ‘who have been a fantastic support through such a hard time’.

Jemma’s sister Stephanie is helping her coordinate the Blue For Bailee event for the youngster who would have celebrated his fifth birthday on Saturday.

She said: “We would like to raise as much money as possible to those that supported and took fantastic care of our brave little man.”

Big sister Gracie-Leigh, aged seven, said: "Bailee was so funny and annoying and never left me alone he was really fun to play with and really silly with his friends, I miss him sitting on me when I try and have peace and quiet he is the best brother ever."

This week the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal is showcasing some of the fantastic work the palliative care and bereavement team do on their social media.

Established in 1995 it has raised £50 million to support sick babies and children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

This is in partnership with Aardman Animations who generously allow the charity to use the multi-Academy Award winning characters Wallace and Gromit to spearhead its fundraising.

To join in the memorial tribute wear blue this week, share this story and click HERE to donate.

UPDATE: The £500 target has been surpassed and on Monday, July 16, the total stood at £1,961 but please keep on giving.For a photo of Golden Valley Primary School reception class dressed in blue go to our charity peeps page by clicking HERE.

CHARITY DAY: Top is a collage made by Bailee's parents for the Just Giving page and below images from three years ago when the caring sisters Jemma and Stephanie ran a successful pre-Christmas shopping mart at the Ring O’Bells to raise monies for several children’s charities.

Fun relay for charity even your pooch can compete

The Cider Circuit is run on grass not cinder at Nailsea and Backwell rugby ground on Saturday, June 23, 11am-4pm.

This annual charity relay is in aid of Meningitis Now and this year promises to be its bigger and better than ever.

Teams of three to four runners will compete in the 5k race.

The day will include a barbecue, stalls, raffle and for the runners a free post run drink and goody bag.

Each team member will run a 1k lap with the last lap being run by the whole team - teams of three will need to nominate one person to run twice.

Each lap will include an array of obstacles and many competitors will be in fancy dress.

Email for a team registration form,

To sponsor runners clIck HERE.

Adults runners pay £10 and for the u18s its £5.

Pets can also take part - £5 per dog registered.

There are lots of prizes for the winners.

All money raised will be going straight to Meningitis Now who do amazing work supporting people who have suffered from the disease and their families as well as raising awareness and funding research.

Love Local Nailsea

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Tout's Budgen which in Nailsea is the supermarket at Wraxall garage have a Love Local in-store project to support local causes.

Every time customers shop in its stores - there is another at Langford - and spend more than £10 they get a bright pink Love Local token.

This token allows them to choose which charity receives their contribution.

Every three months Langford and Nailsea stores give away £150 between two charities.

The donation each charity receives depends on the amount of tokens left in the featured box at the end of the time.

Customers nominate the charities by filling out a suggestion form which can be found on the stores Love Local unit. 

Nailsea's has supported many good causes and its latest have been:

  • £79.50 - Under 10s Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club

  • £70.50 - Age UK Somerset

You can also nominate a local club or charity to feature in its next Love Local project by clicking HERE.

Jacqui Nelson's charity headshave

Retired nanny Jacquie Nelson is aiming to go one better than a mohican haircut!

She said: "The past couple of years have been difficult, losing family and friends, not just to cancer, but also other illnesses.

"I wanted to do something to remember them, to raise funds to try and eradicate these diseases and to do something outside my comfort zone.

"And shaving my head in front of an audience at the age of 58 seemed a good idea - at the time.

"I really hope to have support, not just on the day, but leading up to the event.

"The date is Saturday, April 7, between 3~7pm at Nailsea Social Club.

"I am hoping to have lots of stalls at the charity event and everyone is welcome."

To support Jacqui click HERE.

IT'S GONE: Some kind person buy Jacqui at hat as the weather is too cold for a bald head! Jacqui braved the shave and went for a shiny bonce and raised more than £500 for charity. The recipients include Macmillan nurses, British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Little Princess Trust. She said: "I am really proud to have raised £513.43p."
CAKE BAKE: St Peter's Hospice charity shop volunteer Gill Hatherell who works in the Nailsea High Street store hosted a Ready, Steady Bake charity event and with her friends raised £400 for the cause. Well done Gill 
Community matters to supermarket Waitrose


By placing a green token in the Community Matters box at your local Waitrose branch you’re helping your community.

Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated more than £14 million nationwide to charities chosen by customers.

In 2017 Waitrose Nailsea gave thousands to local and national charities - scroll down to read full list.

At the end of shopping people receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support.

The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 shared between the three nominated causes.

Waitrose Nailsea invites local charities or non-profit organisation to apply or request any voluntary help.

Forms can be collected from the High Street store and handed in at the Welcome Desk for the attention of Lisa Davidson.

Groups as diverse as Nailsea Disability Initiative, Nailsea Summer Playscheme and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are among the hundreds who have benifitted to date.

However, some shoppers have been 'storing' green tokens and not returning them to the town centre supermarket so a 'pretty please' plea have gone out not to take the tokens home and to deposit in the plastic in-store box.

January 2018

St John Ambulance £505

Nailsea Girl Guides £299

Congresbury War Memorial Hall £196

Thousands of woollen  squares have been sewn into wam blankets for Knit For Peace an organisation which supports those in need.

Volunteers from The Blue Room have spent the past months turning yarn into something useful for the charity.

Shop owner Sharon Brown said: "We've been overwhelmed by the level of the response to this community project.

"It has reached out to people on so many different levels, giving a sense of purpose and community to many of the people who have got involved.

"Some have returned to knitting after many years, older people in particular have enjoyed feeling useful again, and we have seen how generous people can be when a cause touches their hearts.

"When I added up the total number of items donated and made by our volunteer ‘sewer uppers’ I was moved to tears.

"It has been a pleasure to be involved and I’m sure we will try to do something like this again in the future.

"The blankets and dressing gowns were nearly all made of squares knitted and crocheted by an army of  local people.

"The blankets vary from 20 small squares for a baby up to 80 or 90 for an adult size.

"Believe it or not we didn't count them all as they came in, but we estimate people donated somewhere in the region of 8,000 squares."

Added to the individual knitted and crocheted garments a staggering total of 1,057 items packed in 44 boxes and bags are being stored by Allegro Logistics at Blackfriars Road ready to be dispatched in free of charge in mid-January. 

Tea room tips and delivery donations will now be sent direct to Knit For Peace towards its distribution costs,

Knit for Peace UK is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust.

It grew out of projects developed in Rwanda and India, which brought together women from traditionally hostile communities to knit clothes initially for street children and orphans.

When UK knitters offered to help they were able to expand their work and now distribute regularly to hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee drop in centres, prisons, community groups, and hospices as well as to developing countries sending knitting where it’s needed.

Disco for dogs charity


An 11-year-old Nailsea girl raised nearly £1,000 at a fundraising family disco for a charity called Support Dogs.

Junior trampoline champion and football fan Lacey Sell who is in Year 7 at Backwell School has a 13-year-old brother Charlie, a pupil Westhaven School, with autism and mum Kate Francomb, 37, has just been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Childminder Kate said: “Lacey organised this event all by herself and chose this special charity because of the wonderful work it does training dogs to help people.”

Lacey enlisted DJ Hannah Roe to play the music at the Scotch Horn Centre and lots of friends came along to support and enjoy themselves.

From admission and raffle ticket sales the grand sum of £956.76 was made.

The Support Dogs team is so thrilled by the junior fundraiser's charity disco they have invited her to Sainbury’s at Winterstoke Road, Ashton in December to
help them with a collection.

Thousands of people in the UK currently benefit by gaining greater independence by having the assistance of fully trained dog to help not only with practical tasks but by providing emotional support.

The Sheffield-based charity specifically helps for
those affected by autism, epilepsy or physical

Founded in the early 1990s Support Dogs has since teamed eight other working animal charities including Guide Dogs For The Blind and Hearing Dogs to become a coalition called Assistance Dogs UK.

PHOTOS: Lacey and mum Kate + helpers

Charity summer bike ride


Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir will be cycling more than 520km in four days next summer for charity.

The intention is to cover four European countries to raise monies for PROPS, a Bristol based support charity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Mehmet is part of a ‘pelotong of pedalists’ from corporate group Black & White Hospitality Limited.

The hospitality team is headed by Cadbury owner Nick Taplin who with colleagues including Mehmet completed a Paris fundraising run in summer 2017.

In the past few of years the group has joined others to raise in excess of £75,000 on numerous charity cycling challenges.

But this year the organisation has decided to go it alone on its mission to help PROPS.

Everyone rider needs to raise a minimum of £1,200 in sponsorship.

The taxing route will take the cyclists through the Holland, Belgium, France and England and pass many famous landmarks on the way.

Luckily the riders will be fully supported with overnight and lunch time pitstops, backup team of fully trained physios and bike mechanics plus transfer baggage transport.

And pre-tour training will be helped by the on-site state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool at the Congresbury.

Father-of-two Mehmet has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality sector and re-joined Cadbury this year after working at the Frost Hill venue as an operations manager 13 years ago.

To sponsor Mehmet click HERE.

WEDDING WARE; St Peter's Hospice shop is part of a Bristol-based charity chain selling donated homewares and clothes. All profits go to the running of its hospice. The award-winning Nailsea shop with its upstairs wedding boutique is at 126 High Street and opens 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday. Call 01275 810703 for more information.

Pink Ladies disco and more


Make a double charity date at theclub at Cadbury House for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Two events are planned.
thespa at Cadbury House is raising money on Monday, October 16, when £3 from every treatment will be donated to the charity.
And while you are there for £10 get a pink gel file and polish on hands or feet, enjoy bubbly and chocolate covered strawberries with every treatment and for the chance to win some fabulous prizes buy a raffle ticket.
For more information or to book call 01934 837231.
And on Friday, October 27 it is s a Pink Ladies Night with butlers in boxers, three- course meal and glass of bubbly on arrival.
There will be a raffle and auction on the night followed by disco
Tickets £25 must be pre-booked at reception or call 01934 834343 option (option 4).​

Charity brew is full of beans

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​One of the biggest and best charity coffee mornings was hosted by Tesco Nailsea at the Trinity Centre.

But lots of other Nailsea (and Backwell) people put the kettle on to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

From the doctors to the church, from people in private homes to the pub down the road coffee and cake was served.

Nailsea town councillor Ann Tonkin threw open house, the Sawyers public house swapped its usual brew for something with more beans while Tyntesfield Patient Group dispensed morning coffee in the Woodspring Room at Tower House Medical Centre.

The kettle had already boiled early at Nailsea County Market which hosted a coffee morning with cake for Macmillan Cancer Support two weeks ago.

The chink of coffee cups was also heard at Southfield Church at 85 Southfield Road and Backwell Baptist Church with invites going out saying 'come along to enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support'.

The first ever coffee morning happened way back in 1990.

It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process.

It was so effective, the charity did it again the next year – only this time nationally.

Since then, coffee mornings have raised more than £138 million for Macmillan.

If you missed the morning and would like to donate call on 0330 102 7890 to pay in using your credit or debit card.

For more information click HERE.

Snooker champ dinner for Jessie May charity

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has been announced as the latest patron for South West based charity Jessie May.

After learning about the work of the charity and its nurses when World Snooker partnered with Jessie May for the 2016-17 snooker season, Barry decided to take the relationship further and become an official patron.

Jessie May, a hospice at home charity which cares for terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, needs to raise around £1,400,000 every year to continue supporting children and their families.

As a patron Barry will help raise awareness for the cause as well as vital funds.

He will also support various charity events with the first being An Evening With Steve Davis And Barry Hearn on Thursday, October 19.

Taking place at Ashton Gate Stadium home of Bristol City, the event will be hosted by Mark Regan with a Q&A session with Steve and Barry.

Jessie May head of fundraising Julian Withers said: “We are delighted to welcome Barry on board as a Jessie May patron.

"Barry has been instrumental in driving our partnership with World Snooker which has been massively beneficial for us in the past year, both in terms of awareness and funds.

“Barry also took the time to visit nurses and families and find out more about Jessie May’s work, which was greatly appreciated.

“I don’t think we realised how big the response to our partnership with World Snooker would be.

"We raised an amazing £100,000 during the World Championship tournament and gained support from snooker fans all across the UK, which for a small, local charity like us was fantastic. And the support isn’t ending.

"We’re thrilled to say that we have been named World Snooker’s charity of the year for the 2017-18 season too.

“We’re very much looking forward to Barry’s first appearance as our patron at the upcoming event in October.

"This evening is not just for snooker or sports fans but business people, Jessie May supporters and anyone looking for a good night out!

“Barry is a true entrepreneur and an inspiration having taken the sport of snooker from the back rooms of pubs to the global phenomenon it is today so we’re looking forward to hearing him speak.”

Barry said: “I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to become a patron of Jessie May.

“Having met the nurses and seen them in action, I know the difficult job they do is done with such commitment and passion.

"It amazes me that an organisation like Jessie May is almost totally reliant on voluntary donations – so my first duty as patron is to help them raise awareness and much needed funds so that these incredible nurses can help even more terminally ill children.

“I will be coming to Ashton Gate in October with my good friend Steve Davis and we will be hosting a dinner which will be filled with anecdotes about our long history together and there will be a chance to ask us questions about our lives in sport.

"Please join us if you can and help us raise some much needed funds for these extraordinary nurses.”

Jessie May is currently caring for 125 terminally ill children and a further 47 bereaved families.

Tickets for the Evening with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn are £60 each or £500 for a table of 10.

For more information visit

CHSW is a stamp collector

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) wants to put its stamp on September with a new fundraising idea as a philatelist.

It is asking supporters to donate postage stamps they may have been collecting or that they may receive in order to help raise funds towards the costs of keeping the Charlton Farm, its hospice for children at Wraxall near Nailsea running.

All kinds of stamps can be donated; new, old, used and collectable.

Large quantities of stamps can be sold online to collectors and the money will then go to the hospices to help them in their support and care of local children and their families.

The charity is hoping to raise between £4-5,000 from the Stamptember initiative.

Collection post boxes will be stationed at CHSW charity shops at Colliers Walk, Nailsea and on Portishead High Street as well as at Charlton Farm.

CHSW ecommerce manager Chris Cameron said: "There is still great value in stamps and throughout September we would like to encourage as many people as possible to donate any stamps they may have already been collecting or to collect them from their post during the month and then donate them to us.

"This is a simple and cost free way of supporting the charity and will help us in continuing to offer care and support to local children and families.”

Charlton Farm offers families much needed short breaks of respite and palliative care for their children throughout the year.

The whole family can stay at the hospice and spend time relaxing and making precious memories in the comfort of a home from home environment.

The charity also provides families with emergency stays, end of life care and bereavement support.

To find out more about Stamptember and how you can support CHSW simply visit

Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016

It is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families

There are three hospices in the South West: Little Bridge House at Barnstaple opened 1995; Charlton Farm near Nailsea opened 2007 and Little Harbour at St Austell opened 2011.

CHSW is the only children’s hospice in the South West.

It costs around £9million to run the three hospice sites each year and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions.

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Cadburyfest raises charity cash 

A community festival held in the grounds of a North Somerset hotel proved a huge success with hundreds in attendance and vital funds raised for charity.

Cadburyfest celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the iconic Congresbury venue Cadbury House near Nailsea with families travelling from near and far to enjoy the live music, street food, drinks, local produce and family fun.

The community event, which was the first of its kind, also raised more than £630 for Weston Hospicecare through bucket collections and car parking charges.

Mimmo Pomo, restaurant manager of the onsite Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and organiser of Cadburyfest, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the first ever Cadburyfest was such a huge success.

"It completely sold out beforehand and people were getting in

touch to be put on the waiting list.

“The support the community has shown our first festival here is reflective of the support it has shown Cadbury House during the past 10 years.

"Our owner Nick has taken Cadbury House from a small country club venue to an award-winning setting renowned as one of the best destination hotels in the UK, and that wouldn’t have been possible without North Somerset’s support.

“From the staff who are all so passionate about Cadbury House to our lovely regular customers we are so proud of what has been achieved over the years and so this event was a celebration of that.

“Thank you to all the performers, suppliers and stallholders who helped make it such a success, we had a fabulous day of food, drink, music, fun and games, topped off with a magical firework display.

“The icing on the cake was raising such a fantastic amount for Weston Hospicecare which is a wonderful charity.

"We’re already planning bigger and better things for next year!”

Sue Harding, community fundraiser at Weston Hospicecare, said: “Thanks so much to everyone at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House for laying on such a wonderful event and even ordering in the sunshine!

“All of the ladies who helped on the hospice stall enjoyed themselves, and it’s absolutely fantastic that everyone’s generosity has raised more than £630 for the hospice. 

“We’re so grateful that Cadbury House kindly thought of us to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary, and we hope to work with them again in the future!”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel just outside of Bristol.

With two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, an award-winning health club and spa, free parking and views across the North Somerset countryside, it has become renowned as one of the best in the region.

TEN/FIVE: CHSW charity shop at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea. From left shop manager Jane Abrook; volunteer Sheila Whitely; volunteer Joy Shipway; volunteer Rose Sellers and area manager Nick Cross

Nailsea CHSW charity shop happy 10th birthday


Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) would like to thank the shoppers and local volunteers at its Nailsea shop for 10 years of support.  

The shop was officially opened on August 13. 2007 and over the years the shop donations have helped to contribute to the care the charity offers to children with life-limiting conditions and their families at its nearby Charlton Farm hospice in Wraxall, which is also celebrating its tenth birthday in 2017.

Current shop manager, Jane Abrook said: ‘We’ve had such wonderful support from the community during the past decade and we’d like to thank everyone who has shopped, donated or volunteered for us and helped raise funds for Charlton Farm.

"It really does make a difference and we couldn’t do what we do without you.’

Three volunteers, Sheila, Joy and Rose, who joined the CHSW shop team back in 2007 are still helping out at the shop.

To thank them for their long-term support, CHSW area manager Nick Cross and Jane presented the trio with a ‘thank uou’ certificate and flowers.

Tenth year volunteer Rose Sellers said: ‘I remember the opening day of the shop well.

"It was so busy and we were rushed off our feet, but it was fantastic that everyone wanted to come and support us.

"I love volunteering here as every day is different and I enjoy the company of the rest of the team."

The shop supports Charlton Farm which offers a wealth of hospice services – all of which are free to families – including medical care 365 days a year, respite breaks, holistic care including music therapy, emergency stays, a dedicated sibling service, end of life care and bereavement support.

The hospice currently supports 204 children, and will continue to help hundreds more families from South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, West Wiltshire and mid and North Somerset for many years to come.

If you would like to celebrate both 10 years of the Nailsea shop and Charlton Farm’s birthday, the charity is inviting supporters to either donate 10 items to the shop or 10 hours of volunteering.

For more information on shop volunteering for CHSW, email or call Stephanie Robey on 01271 313319.

Jessie May charity day August 2017
Jessie May charity day August 2017
Jessie May charity day August 2017
Jessie May charity day August 2017
Jessie May charity day August 2017
Jessie May charity day August 2017

Jessie May charity day with 1980s theme

The Jessie May Trust 1980s-themed fun(d) raising day at Nailsea was a great success.

The event, held to promote its charity week, was at the Co-op store, Hannah More Road, on Tuesday, August 8.

Wearing purple T-shirts, pink leg warmers and funky hairstyles a posse of volunteers manned the cake sale or pedalled away for the bike mileage challenge with 80s music blaring in the background.

The static bikers certainly did Push It like the 1986 hit by Salt ‘n’ Pepper!

An amazing £281.97 was raised for the charity which provides nursing care at home for children and young people with life limiting conditions.

Spokesman Joanne Smith said: “It was great day and we would like to say a big thank you to all the Co-op customers who supported us.”

Jessie May was established in September 1994 by Chris and Philippa Purrington, following the death of their baby daughter Jessica May.

She died aged four and a half months from a genetic condition.

The trust is almost entirely reliant upon voluntary funding, and encourages donations from individuals, corporate organisations, community groups and grant-making or charitable trusts.

No charge is made to families using the services of the charity.

Since Jessie May was founded in 1996 the charity has supported more than 300 children and their families in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, and Swindon & Wiltshire.

Cadbury House charity bike ride to Paris

A team made up of hospitality and health club experts from the south west’s leading four-star hotel and gym have completed a gruelling four-day bike ride to raise money for Action Medical Research for Children - a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children.

Heading a 35-strong team, Nick Taplin, owner of the four-star hotel and health club at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House and chairman of Black & White Hospitality - whose main partner is Marco Pierre White - has raised more than £52,000 as he and his team rode 300 plus miles from London to Paris.

Joining Nick was Caroline Wilce, co-owner of Black & White Hospitality, Shezan Aslam who is also a director at Black & White Hospitality, Jason Eaton, group director at theclub and Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House.

A host of other riders also took part including John Dowling, general manager at DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol City Centre and Chris Millard who runs the North Somerset Athletic Academy.

The team set off early from Crystal Palace on Wednesday, July 19, and peddled their way through Kent towards Dover.

After a ferry trip they then stayed in Calais before heading down to Arras on day two.

Day three saw the team ride through the Somme towards Compiegne and included a visit to the World War One memorial at Thiepval.

The team were then up early to ride into the French capital on Saturday, July 22, passing the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysee and finishing by the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Having met The Duke of Edinburgh, the charity’s patron, at an event held at Buckingham Palace earlier in the year, Nick and his fellow riders were keen to complete the challenge and raise as much money as possible.

Nick said: “It was an amazing experience and everyone made it down the Champs Elysee and on to the Eiffel Tower.

"There was a great mix of riders from very experienced to those who had only recently got back on a bike after many, many years - everyone did brilliantly.

“We experienced all sorts of weather conditions from heavy rain, high headwinds, warm sun and humidity.

“The determination by the team was really commendable and I’d like to thank everyone who took part and for not giving up.

"There were a few slips and bruises and plenty of punctures but we all finished with big smiles on our faces.

“We’ve raised an amazing amount of money which will now go towards helping children and babies not as fortunate as ourselves.

“Plans are already underway for a ride in 2018 with many of the team already signing up!”

If you’d like to support team Black & White Hospitality please visit

Finish for BUST breast cancer charity 

​A Nailsea accountant has taken part in an iron-distance Triathlon race in recognition of her mum who battled breast cancer.

Della Hudson, aged 48, signed up for a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon in less than 17 hours to raise money for the Breast Cancer Unit Southmead Trust (BUST).

The mum-of-two, who heads Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers, decided to take on the challenge after her own mum was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Due to injury, the bike ride had to be cut short at 87 miles – but Della went on to complete the marathon. And she has already raised nearly £1,400 for charity.

Della said: “This has been the longest and toughest triathlon of my life and I’m proud of my achievement.

"My mum was there to spur me on, which certainly helped.”

Della’s mum, Sylvia Gibson, is the 70 year old former Mayor of Chippenham, and her sister, Sharon Gibson, is a nurse at the Breast Care unit at Southmead Hospital - and the whole family is aware of the need to regularly check for any irregularities.

So, when Sylvia discovered an abnormality she went straight to the doctor.

Della, who is based in Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, and lives in Backwell, said: “It was devastating for the whole family when my mum was told she had breast cancer.

"Fortunately, after a traumatic few months of surgery and radiotherapy, she was given the all clear.

“But my mum is just the latest in a long line of friends and family who have suffered from this dreadful disease. BUST is a charity close to my heart and I wanted to help in some way.”

The Cotswold 226 triathlon covers the same distance as a traditional Ironman.

Sylvia, a former Wiltshire magistrate, said she is proud of her daughter and is calling for others to check for any breast irregularities

The cancer unit’s charity, BUST, raises money to enable clinicians to buy advanced equipment before it is available through NHS funding.


PHOTOS: Left Della crossing the finish line of the Cotswold 226 triathlon and right Della, her son John,

mum Sylvia Gibson, daughter Katie and dad Terry while Mayor of Chippenham

The Wet Medics June 2017
The Wet Medics June 2017
The Wet Medics June 2017
The Wet Medics June 2017

MESSING ABOUT ON BOATS: Well we don’t know whether they fell in or paddled to the finish but the Wet Medics from Tyntesfield Medical Centre at Nailsea certainly gave it their 'oar' during the annual Dragon Boat Festival (DBF) organised by the Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast. Lots of boatmen in 36 teams wearing in all sorts of wet weather gear took to the water for this fun river event to raise monies for charity. Phlebotomists and rower Laura Budd said: “The race went ahead on Sunday and was a great success on the fundraising front, not so much on the actual racing front.” We take it by that remark that the Nailsea crew didn’t win gold. The festival was at Baltic Wharf racing between the Cottage Inn and Bristol Marina. For 2017 the headline charity is The Southmead Hospital Charity for Prostate Cancer. It wasn’t a case of bring you own boats and rivercraft, paddles, buoyancy aids and instruction were all supplied. So far the Nailsea team has raised £1,857.23 but it isn’t too late to support by clicking HERE.

Something for August bank holiday weekend

Superfit Sophie Coghlan who survived childhood meningitis wants Nailsea people to put on their running shoes to help fight the deadly disease.

Teams of four are invited to compete in The Cider Circuit at noon on Saturday, August 26.

Sophie was aged just 12 when she contracted meningitis and spent two weeks in intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She made a full recovery and has now become a young ambassador for Meningitis Now which offers supports, funds research and raises awareness of the condition.

The Cider Circuit challenge is at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, at West End Park.

It is a 5km relay involving various obstacles including a hay bale climbing stack, ice water pool and slip and slide.

Sophie, aged 23, said: “I wanted to organise a fun charity event for Meningitis Now and decided to go with an obstacle course.

“The course will be fun and challenging, and I thought what better way to celebrate and relax afterwards than to have a nice pint of cider – and so the cider circuit was born.”

Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease.

Viral meningitis is rarely fatal but sufferers can be left with life-changing after-effects including brain damage and hearing and sight loss.

Meningitis Now funds research into vaccines and preventative treatment and raises awareness of the disease so people know what signs to look out for.

Sophie added: “I feel very passionately that people should be made aware of the symptoms of the disease so they can be more prepared than I was.

“Holding events like the Cider Circuit help to raise awareness and I would like to thank Nailsea business Tru-Tension - an innovative manufacturer of tools and care products designed for the motorcycling and motorsport industry - for sponsoring this event.”

Teams can enter for £40, a price of £10 each, and receive a free pint of cider after completing the course.

Email for more details or click HERE for a registration form.

​Once teams have completed the registration form they should visit the Cider Circuit Just Giving page by clicking HERE to make A £40 donation:

There will prizes for the winning team, the best dressed team and the best team name.

Food will be available after the race and the bar will be open.

Registration on the day opens at 11am and the warm-up starts at 11.45am before the race at noon.

Tyntesfield Medical Group takes on The Dragons!

On Sunday, June 18, Tyntesfield Medical Group is taking part in the Bristol Rotary Dragon Boat Festival under the team name The Wet Medics.

This annual event is at Baltic Wharf on Bristol Harbourside between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina.

The day promises a mix fun, fancy dress and fundraising as up to 36 teams compete in a series of heats, semi-finals and of course, the grand final! 

This year the headline charity is Southmead Hospital prostate cancer care appeal. 

To show some support for our North Somerset NHS staff and help raise money for a very worthy cause click HERE to visit the fundraising page.

Will Tyntesfield Medical Group sink or swim - we’ll make sure to keep you posted…

Grand slam double at golf bag auction

Nailsea international golfer Chris Wood has donated his 2016 Ryder Cup golf bag to raise money for charity.

Children’s Hospice South West will benefit from the sale of the bag which is signed by the entire European Ryder Cup Team including Rory Mcllroy and Sergio Garcia.

Chris a former Backwell School student will be donating 100 per cent of the proceeds to CHSW.

It is being sold on eBay in a special auction which ends on Friday, June 2.

The golf bag has also been signed by Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Fitzpatrick, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett and Chris himself.

It currently has 38 bids and could make more than £2,000.

Chris has always been a supporter of CHSW and is excited to auction off the golf bag in the hope it will raise a significant amount of money to help the charity which has a hospice at Wraxall provide respite and end-of-life care for families with children who have life limiting conditions.

Chris is married to writer Bethany and the couple welcomed baby Jonah into their lives last month.

Click HERE to see the auction lot.

A Nailsea invitation to coffee and cake

Come and join us as Nailsea celebrates a new group to raise funds for Marie Curie.

The charity provides free nursing care for those at the end of their lives in their own home.
Its first event is a tea party on Tuesday, June 6.

It is at 30 Helston Road.

Enjoy cake, a cuppa, a chat, all money raised will go towards nursing care.

Pop along any time between 11am-4pm.

Every little helps at Nailsea

Tesco Nailsea shoppers have until Friday, June 30, to help Childrens Hospice South West bid for up to £4,000 towards creating a sensory garden at Charlton Farm.  
Customers vote using the tokens given to them after paying for their shopping.
This is part of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. 

For more details click HERE.

Two local schools have already benefitted from this scheme.
The Woodland and Outdoor Learning at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane, won £10,000 and the Voyage Learning Campus Primary School also at Pound Lane got £12,000 towards a sensory play area for the campus.
The next Monday open days at Charlton Farm are June 12, July 10, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

Call to book your tour 01275 866600.

Red Nose Day 2017

It is almost like the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker are joining forces at Nailsea for Red Nose Day.
But in reality, it is the hairdressers, opticians, dentists, pub and local schools…so far.
During the past 30 years more than £1billion has been raised for the charity by Comic Relief’s big television event which for 2017 will be ‘live’ on the BBC on Friday, March 24, and has a theme of A Comic Adventure.
The Red Nose Day event was launched in 1988 and is hosted every two years.
On the day people in the UK are invited to wear red noses, do funny activities and raise money at work, home or schools for the Comic Relief charity.
The day culminates with a night of TV entertainment, which usually features comedy sketches and celebrity guests.
Comic Relief then spends the money raised through Red Nose Day on people living in the UK and Africa.
At Nailsea School staff are being encouraged to wear Nailsea School uniform – to raise funds for Comic Relief. 
The clothes swap event which sees students being invited to wear something red or come dressed as a member of staff should raise hundreds of pounds.
On Friday there are a multitude of events planned at the Mizzymead Road campus to raise money.
Staff however need to beware – members of the Student Council will be issuing on-the-spot fines for any violations of the Nailsea School uniform policy. 
Penalties will be incurred for any staff in school uniform wearing their shirt untucked, excessive jewellery, unnatural hairstyles, trainers or jeans!
The Student Council is also hoping to ‘up’ the grand total of donations with a raft of events.
There will be a cake sale and two Year 11 students are taking part in a sponsored leg waxing during break time.
A lip synching battle will take place between teachers the day before Red Nose Day, which will see teachers go head to head in a dramatic battle of mime.
Other Comic Relief Day fundraisers include guess the sweets in the jar, gunge the teacher, a treasure hunt and a language challenge!
At Grove junior and Hannah More infant schools Friday it is a non uniform day for Comic Relief with the younger children manning a secondhand book stall at Whiteoak Way.
St Francis RC Primary School at Station Road sold out of red noses days before the big event.
On Friday for a donation of £1 the children will also be adding a red T-shirt, socks or ribbon to their school uniform.
Primary aged children at Kingshill Church School, at Pound Lane, is also be paying £1 to come to school dress in red!

Backwell School is ditching the tartan skirts and polo shirts for a non-uniform day on Friday for for Comic Relief. 
At Dentalcare at Nailsea the Station Road staff will be asking patients to ‘open wide’ their purses and wallets for Comic Relief.
The dentists are promoting a raffle to win toothbrushes, a guess how many toothpastes’ in a jar game and a Comic Relief bake-off selling sugar-free savouries and naughty but nice cakes!
A spokesman said: “We are really proud to be supporting such a great cause for another year. 
“We’ve got some fantastic prizes for our raffle! 
“A Fire 7 tablet, a Curaprox Electric Toothbrush and a bottle of Baileys.
“Just pop in and make a donation to receive a raffle ticket; and as well as helping support a great cause you could be one of our lucky winner.”
At the end of the High Street, SP Hair Company is hosting its annual bake sale all day on Friday, March 24, but are warning customers to come early as they usually sell out.

And at the end of the day they did just that.

Spokesman Zoe Fudge said: "Just to let you know that we raised a grand total of £226.00 for our cake sale on Friday.

"It was a really good effort from all the staff and clients."
Specsavers at Crown Glass shopping centre is an official partner of Red Nose Day for the second year running and doing its bit to raise a laugh and money ‘selling’ outlandish non prescription Red Nose Day glasses?
The glasses come in two sizes, small and large, and cost just £2, with the whole £2 from each pair going directly to Comic Relief to spend on life-changing projects both at home in the UK and across Africa.

And last but not least the Royal Oak public house is offering the use of its upstairs function room for anyone needing a High Street venue for a Red Nose event.
To add to this information email, thanks

Clipper boat race for Nailsea boss

The boss of a Nailsea building company is taking part in a round the world boat race for charity.

In August this year Mike Sweet, chairman of Nailsea-based H Sweet & Sons, will be setting off on the challenge of a lifetime; taking part in the Clipper 2017-18 Race in support of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). 
Being the only global sailing race for amateurs, The Clipper Race is unique.

The 2017-18 race will travel to South America, South Africa, Australia, SE Asia, China, North America, Ireland and Europe before returning to the UK.

Having passed the Clipper crew interview, the rigorous training is well underway – equipping crew with all the capabilities required to sail a 70-foot racing boat.

Mike said: "As part of a 20-strong crew we’ll be racing our Clipper yacht against 11 other teams over 12 races.

"The races circumnavigate the globe, covering 40,000 nautical miles and I’m signed up to take part in all 12 races over eight legs."

H Sweet & Sons kick-started its fundraising by hosting a gala dinner at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel which raised more than £5.7k for CHSW.
Mike said “Our gala dinner was a huge success, raising a fantastic sum for our nominated charities." 

The evening featured an auction with donated prizes and a charity casino operated by the Rotary Club of Nailsea and Backwell.

An after dinner speech from adventurer Manley Hopkinson a skipper in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race came complete with footage of a boat battling the eye of a storm.  
Mike said that hearing about Manley’s experience of sailing through Hurricane Michael gave everyone an appreciation of the challenges heI’ll face during the race. 

With his team Mike visited CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice at Wraxall to see for themselves the how their fundraising will support local children and families.

He added: "We toured the hospice and learned more about the crucial support this charity offers to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. "Seeing the facilities first hand gave us a real sense of how the charity makes a huge difference."

Janey Hellmen, corporate partnerships fundraiser at CHSW said, ‘We are delighted to have the support of Mike and his colleagues who have hit the ground running with their fundraising.

"We wish Mike every success with the Clipper Race and admire his dedication to raising vital funds to help us make the most of short and precious lives.’ 
To support Mike click HERE.