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.

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.

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.

St Peter's Hospice summer wear launches at Nailsea charity shop


Bristol and North Somerset’s biggest charity retailer has launched its all new summerwear fashion campaign and the on-trend style finds are set to give other high street retailers a run for their money thanks to the slashed prices.
All 50 of the charity’s stores across Bristol and surrounding areas are stocking the latest spring/summer 2017 trends from florals and frills to metallics and denim and savvy shoppers can get hold of some of their favourite brands at up to half the original price.
With designers like Karen Millen, French Connection and Paul Smith on the racks, as well as high street brands like Topshop, Next, Zara and River Island, retail managers at St Peter’s Hospice say they aim to challenge the preconceptions of charity shopping. 
Paul Chivers, head of retail at St Peter’s Hospice, said: “Our shops are a brilliant hunting ground for high-quality fashion that people can afford to try out. We’ve got some really bold, daring and quirky items as well as your average high street fashions for men, women and children.
“In recent years pre-loved fashion has really taken off with online sites like Ebay and Depop becoming popular. The great thing with our shops is that you can try before you buy and the money you spend goes straight back into helping people in need in Bristol.
“We are doing lots more upcycling and repurposing of our clothes to give them a vintage or an edgy feel and that’s working really well. Many shops now have a dedicated vintage section and our City Centre store has just launched its own Urban Fashion section.
“All money generated from our shops and clearance stores goes directly towards caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses as well as supporting their families, both at the hospice and out in the community.”
St Peter’s Hospice is Bristol’s only adult hospice, which cares for more than 2,227 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and its shops.
Paul added: “As ever, our fantastic stock is thanks to our donators, so if you’re clearing space in your wardrobe to make way for new summer outfits please drop your unwanted items to your local St Peter’s Hospice shop.”
There are 50 St Peter’s Hospice shops across Bristol and North Somerset including the one at Nailsea High Street. 

80s women doing 'the' midnight walk

Women across the south west are being encouraged to dig out the leg warmers and don the head bands for this year’s bumper St Peter’s Hospice Midnight Walk.
With an all-new 80s theme, the eighth annual Midnight Walk fundraiser is set to be more fun and colourful than ever before and organisers are expecting it to be the biggest yet.
Bristol’s most popular fundraising event will return to the city on Saturday, July 8, when Nailsea women will join hundreds from across the area to walk five on 10-miles in the early hours around the city.
Taking in all the sights including the ss Great Britain, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Harbourside, the event aims to raise in excess of £100,000 for terminal patient care and will kick off at 10.30pm from Ashton Gate Stadium.
St Peter’s Hospice events fundraiser Louisa James said: “This year we’re going big and we’re not just talking about hair!

"Our Midnight Walk has grown year on year and now hundreds of women take part and have a great night out while raising money for the hospice.
“Our 2017 theme is 80s; we know that Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and that’s just what we’re going to do!

"We’ll be playing the best 80s tunes to get everyone in the mood and we’re expecting leg warmers and Madonna-style gloves galore!
“The Midnight Walk is our most well-attended and supported fundraiser and has become one of the most popular events in the Bristol calendar over the past few years because of its fun and lively atmosphere. 
“With two distances to choose from, this is an event that anyone can take part in. It’s not competitive at all, but it’s a great achievement to complete.
“In the past our supporters have raised more than £100,000 from this event and it would be wonderful to reach this target again.

"All funds go towards caring for our patients with life-limiting illnesses both at the hospice and in the community.”
This year’s event is being sponsored by Canada Life’s Bristol office, which is based in Temple Quay.  
Canada Life Group Insurance managing director Tim Stoves said: “The Midnight Walk event has provided us with a great opportunity to align our business with the care provided by St Peter’s Hospice.  

"As a Bristol based organisation ourselves, we have a shared goal to provide support for both individuals and their families at a time when it’s needed most.  We are proud to sponsor the Walk and wish all the participants the best of luck on the night.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. 

All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.
Earlybird registration for the Midnight Walk is available now for £17.50 per person with sandard registration will be £20 per person.

Those who register will receive an events pack, including a t-shirt.
For more information or to sign up for the Midnight Walk click HERE.

Ready, Steady, Bake for charity


Keen bakers and cake lovers alike IN nAILSEA are being called upon to support St Peter’s Hospice by getting involved with its 2017 Ready, Steady, Bake campaign.

Taking place throughout the whole of March, Ready Steady Bake will see supporters across the city whip up a storm in the kitchen and hold tea parties, cake sales and coffee mornings to raise money for Bristol’s only adult hospice.

All 50 of the charity’s shops will also be taking part with their own cake sales meaning customers can pick up a sweet treat while they shop for bargains. The shops will also be selling special ‘Great Bake Packs’ which will include baking essentials to help participants along the way.

The 2016 Ready, Steady, Bake campaign raised an incredible £10,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, with more than 100 events held across Bristol and North somerset.

Fundraisers at the charity hope to top this total with this year’s campaign.

St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser, Petra Littlefair, said: “What better way to get everyone smiling at school, work or home than with a cake sale or tea party!?

“During March, people across the Bristol area will be getting into the baking mood to help raise funds for St Peter's Hospice.

"Whatever you bake or buy, whether you use your best vintage china or paper plates, all the money raised will help local families living with terminal illness.

“Those who register their cake sale or tea party with us will receive free party goodies. We raised an amazing total last year and people really got behind it, so we’re hoping for the same this year.

“If you don’t want to hold a party yourself, keep an eye out for cake sales taking place at your local shop or simply pick up a Great Bake Pack which will make a lovely addition to your kitchen or a great gift for a friend.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
 All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.

To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice or to register a party click HERE.

Donate your unwanted Christmas presents to hospice charity shops


A local charity which provides hospice care to life-limited patients has launched an appeal asking people to donate their unwanted presents and used Christmas Jumpers after the festive season.

 St Peter’s Hospice, which runs 50 charity shops across Bristol and North Somerset, is appealing for people to hand in any unwanted jumpers or presents in January.

The presents will be sold throughout the year while the jumpers will be held until a mega sale in November 2017.

All funds raised from the campaign will go towards the running of the hospice, which is the area’s only adult hospice facility.

St Peter’s Hospice area manager Victoria Canavan said: “The Christmas jumper craze has well and truly taken off in the last few years and there are now so many fantastic designs and options for people wanting to dress festively.

“We have noticed that a lot of people only wear their jumper for one year and then buy a new one the following season so we’re looking to take advantage of that and ask for people to donate their unwanted jumpers to us.

“This year we ran a Christmas jumper sale at one of our shops and raised a wonderful £250.

"The aim for next year is to have enough stock to sell at all 50 of our charity shops and raise an even better sum.

“We’re also more than happy to take any unwanted or duplicated Christmas presents that people would like to donate.

"New stock like this is so valuable to us and can provide our customers with a great bargain as well as raising vital funds for us.

 “Goods can be handed in to any one of our shops and they will all be gratefully received.

"We’re hoping Christmas spirit will help us continue to provide our vital services to families who need us.”

St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day.

In order to continue providing vital care St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by its charity shops.

To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice and the address of your nearest shop click HERE

Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea
Quiz night Nailsea

Sisterly support is no brainer

A charity quiz raising funds and awareness of FGM at Nailsea made nearly £1,000.

The November event was one of many organised by supporters of charities fighting this barbaric practise.

The tireless fundraising has been led by Nailsea police officer Leanne Pook and her friends which has seen them organise cake sales, a sky dive and a climb up Kilimanjaro.

Leanne said; “For the past five years, I have been the Avon and Somerset Police lead for the response to female genital mutilation.

“I am also a trustee of the Bristol based FGM charity Integrate.

“In May 2016, I signed up late in the day to join police colleagues from the West Midlands along with others for a fund-raising climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa standing at 19,341 feet at the highest summit.

“We completed training climbs throughout the summer including back to back climbs of Snowdon twice in one day, the Three Peaks in Yorkshire, Brecon Beacons and the Lake District.

“The climb of Kili was completed in early October and among those climbing were The Peaky Climbers a group comprising policewomen and health workers climbing to raise funds for the Divinity Foundation, a charity that rescues girls from FGM and child marriage.

“The charity has a rescue centre in Amboseli in Kenya where girls are taken to continue their childhood and education in safety, free from the fear of FGM and childhood marriage.

“The climb of Kilimanjaro took a week to complete and I was successful in getting to Uhuru which is the very highest peak.

“Having completed the climb, the Peaky Climbers continued our trip into Kenya where we met the girls at the centre and worked with them and the Maasai people to discuss and address the issue of FGM which is still very prevalent in their community.

“The funds raised by the Peaky Climbers will be used to build an extension and extra toilets and showers at the centre to allow more girls to be rescued.

“No girl has yet been turned away but this often involves two and three girls to a bed.

“The quiz at Scotch Horn Nailsea was one of the many fundraising activities and was attended by all the Peaky Climbers, key figures from Integrate Bristol and Nimco Ali, co-founder of the London based FGM charity Daughters Of Eve and world renowned FGM activist.”

Family friend Pete Main – ‘this is my favourite question’ – was the question master who tested the general knowledge of 24 teams including the statutory Status Quo band brain teaser.

His daughter Vicky and wife Jackie fronted the evening collecting donations of amazing tombola and quiz prizes from all and sundry but with special thanks to the Nailsea business community.

Vicky said: “£911.50 was what we counted at the end of the evening and a big thank you to all who supported.”

More the 130 filled the Scotch Horn leisure and sports centre on a wet and windy evening – many more than expected.

Top team was the Magnificent Minions followed by Quiztema Aquilera and Trumps Erections.

Iron Curtains #Unflappable won the best team name.

Bristol has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the country.

Defined by the UN as a form of torture, at least 3,500 women in Bristol are either living with the consequences of the barbaric practice, or face the threat of it in the future, a 2015 report by City University London and Equality Now revealed.

And July and August are known as ‘cutting season’, the months when girls are most at risk of being flown abroad to be mutilated, often by family members.

Southwark in London has the highest national prevalence with an estimated 4.7 per cent of women affected by FGM.

But outside London, Bristol was one of the worst affected cities, with between 1.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent of girls and women who live here having undergone the painful procedure.

See photo slideshow of the evening - the orange lighting at SHC affected quality of images, sorry.

Hope for life - Katanga concert at Nailsea church

People from Holy Trinity church at Nailsea have been supporting Hope for Life Katanga charity for more than five years.

It was set up by local couple Mark and Megan Walters during a year off from their jobs working with the poor of Africa.

This is the second concert at the church with a gospel choir.

The community of Katanga is located in Kampala, Uganda, two kilometers from the city centre and the slum has now existed for more 20 years.

With the slum located close to the city centre the cost of renting is expensive.

This leaves families very little money left over to provide for themselves.

Some may have inherited their home when their parents died but others believe that being in the centre will lead to more job opportunities.

This is a community where the average person lives on 50p a day or less.

This means many can’t afford medical expenses, school fees and only have enough to feed the family a basic diet.

Sanitation is a big problem in Katanga.

Residents use water from the stream that runs through the centre of the slum to wash their clothes in, to cook their food with and to drink.

This is a serious issue because this is the same water that people wash in, wash bikes in and is often use as a toilet.

Three go up a mountain


Three friends from Nailsea are cycling up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, to raise cash for the local mental health charity 1 in 4 People based at Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon.

To learn more about the charity click HERE.

John Williams, aged 42; Dean Kenny, 57 and Stuart Burgess, 44 will tackle the gruelling climb of more than 3,000 feet that could take more than three hours on mountain bikes on Saturday, November 12.

John, who works for NHS mental health services in North Somerset, said: “We ride on the road together regularly and saw this off-road adventure as a tough challenge and an opportunity to raise some much-needed cash for a great charity working hard for local people.

“I've seen first-hand the great work the mental health recovery workers and mental health advocates from 1 in 4 People do and the huge support they give to people in need.

“We've been training hard for this challenge on some of the trickiest off-road routes locally and are looking forward to tackling Mount Snowdon."

One in four people will encounter mental health issues over their lifetime.

It includes many conditions from eating disorders and panic attacks to depression and self harm.

The 1 in 4 People charity takes a different approach to mental illness and don’t think they need to 'treat' it. 

They help people improve their mental wellbeing and empower them to tackle the challenges they face.

Believing recovery is achievable is a crucial step for people to forward with their lives.

If anyone would like to sponsor them email Stuart at


PHOTO: From left bikers Dean Kenny, Stuart Burgess and John Williams

Cubic capacity of empty hole?

The top team at Nailsea Disability Initiative annual fundraising quiz night were called The Renegades a term which could have been used to describe many of the assorted rebel rousers in the room.

Question master John Hunter put the audience at Grove Sports & Social Club through many a brain-stretching exercise with a series of topic headings from current affairs to spelling but it was the logic section which saw some trying to work out the cubic capacity of dirt in a hole which got most laughing out loud.

John said it was the best turnout in six years since the fundraising which started in 2011.

In the audience were Street Auction television stars Chris and Lynn Baker, soon to retire Nailsea Town Council clerk Sue Walker, several councillors and Nailsea Community Christmas Fair team all keen to support the charity which runs an office and drop-in facility at Crown Glass shopping centre.

North Somerset band The Cider House Rounders provided the music in the style of traditional American old time dance music from the Appalachian mountain region.

With vocalist David Mepsted also playing the mandolin, Derek Winter-Alsop on fiddle, James Closs guitar and Mike Bostock banjo it provided a lively interlude with lyrics about maggots and lost love.

There were some marvellous raffle prizes donated by the Nailsea business community including foodie hampers and vintage bottles of wine.

John said: "NDI made approximately £490 from the combined quiz entrance and raffle monies - well up on 2015.

"Thanks go to everyone who helped to make it happen."


Take a jump for Pudsey at Nailsea

BCC Children in Need has an all-star line-up of presenters for 2016.

Graham Norton and Tess Daly will be helped by Greg James, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle Humes and Marvin Humes.

This year’s appeal show is on Friday, November 18,live from the BBC’s Elstree Studios on BBC One.

The presenters will guide viewers through a fantastic night of television while raising millions of pounds for Children in Need. 

Graham Norton: “It is a huge privilege to join the presenting team for the Children in Need Appeal show. 

"This year we’d love to raise as much money as we possibly can in honour of the late Sir Terry Wogan.”

Tess Daly: “Every year people across the UK go above and beyond to help make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK, and I hope this year will be no different. 

"It really is going to be an incredible evening of fantastic entertainment, amazing music and very special sketches."

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. 

By supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

The charity is currently supporting 2,400 projects across the UK.

These grants help children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

BBC Children in Need Appeal 2015 raises highest on-the-night total ever - £37.1 million and now people in Nailsea can help break this record by joining in events in the town like the one organised by Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club at Nailsea School on Wednesday, October 26, 3-5pm at Nailsea School.

Remembering on walkies

More than 300 people took part in the St Peter’s Hospice Walk To Remember at the weekend and thanks to a clever idea from North Somerset dog owner Wendy Evans, many more loved ones were remembered during the event.

Wendy, who is the shop manager at the Long Ashton St Peter’s Hospice charity shop, took her 15-month old dog Zach along and enlisted the help of customers at the shop to raise additional sponsorship.

Offering the chance for customers to sign the name of a loved one they wished to remember on a T-shirts in exchange for a donation, Wendy managed to raise an extra £1,200 for the charity.

She said: “I was thinking about how to raise extra sponsorship for the event and I thought it would be a lovely idea if people could sign the names of loved ones on a shirt for me to walk in on the day.

"It meant that if people couldn’t take part themselves, their loved one would still be remembered.

“Our customers absolutely loved the idea and I can’t believe how much it managed to raise!

"People donated anything from £40 to 40p and the names filled two T-shirts, one for me and one for Zach.

“We had tears and laughter in the shop when people were signing the names and it was just a lovely way for customers to reflect on and mark the lives of their friends and family members.

"People seemed to get a lot of joy out of it and I was honoured to walk the route for them.

“There was a great atmosphere on the day and the weather was beautiful so it felt very poignant to be wearing the T-shirts.

"Zach loved all the attention too.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day.

For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

St Peter’s Hospice events fundraiser Louisa James, said: “A big thank you to Wendy and Zach for raising such a fantastic amount for us at the Walk To Remember.

"It was a lovely, moving day as usual as participants remembered and celebrated loved ones.

"All funds raised will go towards continuing to provide patient care for families who need us.”

The St Peter’s Hospice Walk To Remember is an annual event at Blaise Castle Estate.

Handbag sale helps charity


Bristol-based charity Jessie May has benefitted from a gift of more than £18,000 from a Mulbery designer handbag sale.

The handbags were donated for a five day sample sale in London.

The pop-up event saw thousands of people flock to South Molton Lane to bag a bargain and Jessie May volunteers were on hand to man the cloakroom and collect donations.

Jessie May fundraising head Julian Withers said: “It is absolutely wonderful that Mulberry have chosen to support us and have allowed us to receive donations from their event.

“The incredible amount raised will fund one of our Jessie May nurses for six months, providing medical care, support and advice to families of terminally ill children within their own homes.

“Mulberry has supported us as a charity for approximately a year now and we are so grateful. "Generous corporate support like this is vital for us to continue our work.”

Jessie May cares for children with terminal illness within their own homes in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Wiltshire.

It costs around £1,000,000 to provide this care yearly and as the charity is almost entirely dependent on public support fundraisers like this are essential.

For more information click HERE.

Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016
Gilly's for Genes 2016

Chef gets leg wax while 

customers eat blue cake

Gillys On The Hill is raising money for Jeans for Genes Day on Friday, September 23.

New chef Prayag Rajpura has been nominated to have his legs waxed by front of house host Cloe Hynam and delicious blue cupcakes will be on sale at £1.

The team at 2 Kingshill are inviting customers to come down from 9.30am to help raise monies for this worthwhile charity.

People inherit a range of talents, skills and personality traits through their genes – they’re part of what makes us who we are.

But one in 25 children also inherit a genetic disorder that makes their life very difficult.

That's more than 30,000 babies diagnosed each year – and there are more than 6,000 known genetic disorders

By pulling on a pair of jeans and overdoing it in denim or organising a fun stunt like those at Gillys you will be helping to fund the vital care and support services that transform their lives.

Jeans for Genes Day invites everyone across the UK, from nurseries and schools to companies and individuals, to wear their jeans for the Day in return for a small donation.

Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK, the charity that aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.

Funds raised will go to the vital care and support they urgently need.

To find out more about the charity click HERE.

  • STOP PRESS: It was painful to watch and even more painful to endure and although chef Prayag Rajpura said never again it was all in a good cause. The ordeal was captured on camera in the slideshow top. Everyone came to work wearing denim. Cloe will be keeping the collection tin open until Sunday so if you haven't donate there is still time...  

Cake and coffee for charity

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

The cancer support charity asks people all over the UK to host their own coffee mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.

Last year alone raised £25 million and this year they  are aiming to raise even more.

  • Sal Mansfield and Sarah Sutcliffe are hosting a coffee morning at 10am on Friday, September 30, at Tickenham Golf Club, Clevedon Road, Tickenham. Email for more details.

  • The George, at 125 Farleigh Road, Backwell is inviting parents to pop in straight from the school run as its Macmillan coffee morning is most of the from 9.15am-2.45pm on Friday, September 30, with tea, coffee, cake, prize drawn, Captain Tortue fashions, health and wellness products from Forever Living and jewellery from The Rocks Collections. As well as donations from refeshments and cakes 10 per cent of total sales from the fabulous ranges will go to the cancer charity.

  • Nailsea Baptist church is serving coffee and cakes from 9.30am-noon at 79 Silver Street.

  • Tesco is raising money all week starting from Monday, September 26 when every store including Nailsea will mark the arrival of an inflatable tea cup via novel modes of transport from a tractor to bicycle and more while collecting monies along the way. Tesco Nailsea is expecting the tea cup to arrive from the Golden Hill store at 4pm, on Thursday, September 29, on route to the Tesco Clevedon. Staff will be staging a Mad Hatters tea party all week ending with a world record cream tea attempt on Weston pier on Friday, September 30. 

  • Parents at Fairfield School, Backwell, raised £270 at their Macmillan Coffee Morning. A big thank you went to everyone who came and gave so generously. And mum Leyla Muna Millard won the competition of guessing 'how many spots on the cake?' competition.

Wild Place Project needs help

Volunteers are being sought to help with a variety of roles at Wild Place Project.

The park currently has more than 120 volunteers who support the project is a variety of ways, including rangers who help with the lemur walk-through exhibit, gardeners, outdoor learning and face-painting volunteers.

More volunteers are now needed to help in the lemur walkthrough enclosures and assist the team with activities such as animal encounters, talking to guests and supporting learning sessions.

Wild Place Project head of operations Nigel Simpson, said: “Volunteering at Wild Place Project is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet people, as well as being a great opportunity to get involved in an exciting, new attraction and be a part of a dynamic and evolving visitor attraction that’s bringing conservation to life.

“We’re looking for hands-on, confident and outgoing individuals who love being outdoors and can inspire visitors about our animals and conservation work while helping them to have a great day out.”

Volunteers need to be aged 18+ and generally available for half a day each week, including during school holidays.

Visitors to Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, east Africa and the Congo, including zebra, cheetah, eland, lemurs and red river hogs. Guests can also take a stroll in the woods, relax in the Tower Meadow or have fun in the undercover Fun Fort.

If you are interested in volunteering at Wild Place Project click HERE,  call volunteer services on 0117 980 7181 or

Pictured are volunteers Mark Colfer-Henderson who is a former special effects make-up artist who now works as a day care assistant an Robert Castle an electronic engineer.

CHSW charity shops need help

When you volunteer at a Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) shop at Nailsea or Portishead, you’ll be helping to brighten the lives of life-limited children from the area who are supported by its Charlton Farm hospice at Wraxall. Plus, it may just  add abright spark to your life too...!

From Monday to Saturday, September 26-October 1, each CHSW store is welcoming people to pop in and find out about how they can brighten lives by volunteering.

Volunteers are always surprised at the different things there are able to do when helping at a CHSW shop.

From being on the shop floor with customers, to being behind the scenes discovering the interesting items that are donated, to creating window displays or being a van drivers’ assistant on the road.

One CHSW volunteer said: “It’s like being one big family, I’ve met so many people and coming in to volunteer in the shop is the part of the week I look forward to most.”

Volunteers choose when and for how long they volunteer and it fits around their lives.

Each CHSW shop needs an average of 100 volunteer hours each week to keep the doors open and continue to raise funds for its three hospices across the South West.

Even an hour a week would help the charity with the expert care and support they provide for more than 400 families throughout the region.

If volunteers are looking for further training and development, CHSW also offers NVQs and work experience it is an ideal way to gain experience and develop skills to use into the future.

Drop in to your local CHSW shop next week to have a friendly chat about what volunteering involves, call 01271 313319 or email

Shop locally for lucky CHSW lottery ticket


The Smile Lottery for Children’s Hospice South West has raised more than £1million since it was launched.

Now the charity has made it even easier to play with single lottery tickets now being available in its 27 shops across the region.

It couldn’t be easier, you can simply purchase a ticket next time you are shopping and then keep a check on the results to see if you are a winner.

The tickets will be available in all CHSW shops including its Nailsea and Portishead stores and costs £1 per play.

There are 14 possible cash prizes with a top prize of £1,000, plus a rollover which can grow to a maximum of £10,000.

Money raised from the ticket sales will help to support nearly 200 local families who use the only children’s hospice in the region, CHSW’s Charlton Farm at Wraxall.

If you would like to play regularly, full details as to how you can sign up online, and check on the lottery results, can be found by clciking HERE

PHOTO: Nailsea CHSW shop manager Jane with lottery ticket

St Peter's Hospice catwalk
St Peter's Hospice catwalk
St Peter's Hospice catwalk
St Peter's Hospice catwalk
St Peter's Hospice catwalk
St Peter's Hospice catwalk

New season fashion collection at charity shop


The transition summer into autumn and winter is often exciting as we enjoy the novelty of curling up by the fire or taking a stroll on a crisp day.

But it can also be the most expensive time of year, as the search for thicker, warmer coats and new waterproof boots begins.

Click on the slideschow and see some of the pre-loved outfits for this season being modelled. 

Anyone looking to stay snug this winter will be pleased to hear that St Peter’s Hospice charity shops, including those in North Somerset, are stocking the season’s latest trends at a fraction of high street prices.

And now finding a St Peter’s Hospice shop right on your doorstep is even easier as the retailer, which is the south west’s largest charity chain, has opened its 50th shop in the region with a branch in Hartcliffe.

St Peter’s Hospice head of retail Paul Chivers said: “Once again we have a fantastic selection of autumn and winterwear available at our shops across the region and our launch of this collection coincides perfectly with the opening of our 50th store.

“Keeping prices down is our priority, but we also insist on our items being of good quality. We only sell what we love, and we love stock which is in great condition and proves to be a bargain for our customers.

“Our shops are full of pre-loved fashion from top high street labels like Phase Eight, French Connection and Topshop and we regularly have designer clothes in stock, as well as clothes that are unworn with their original tags still on, which we sell for less than half their

original price.

“What’s great about our annual summerwear and winterwear campaigns is that they are modelled by staff, volunteers and our fantastic local supporters, which really reflects what a community focussed organisation we are.

“We have some really fantastic stock in at the moment, but we’re always happy to receive more items, so if you are planning to create space in your wardrobe this winter, we greatly appreciate all donations.

"Without all the incredible help we receive, we wouldn’t be able to continue helping those who need us.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day.

For appromimately £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

St Peter’s Hospice shops can be found in Backwell, Clevedon, Portishead, Long Ashton, Yatton and other local areas.

To find your nearest St Peter’s Hospice shop visit

A lottery win for Mrs Little​

Playing a charity lottery is a great way to make a regular donation to a good cause, while being in with a chance to win a cash prize yourself.

This is exactly what happened to Nailsea resident, Joan Little.

Mrs Little joined the Children’s Hospice South West lottery Raise A Smile many years ago, although she never actually expected to win!
However, this week Joan learned she had won £1,000 – the top prize which is up for grabs each week with the CHSW Lottery.

She said: “I was so surprised but absolutely thrilled.

"So far I have sent several bouquets of flowers to friends and family, taken someone out for a meal and as it’s such a good cause I’m donating some of the money back!

"I thought I would spread some joy.”
CHSW’s Lottery is drawn every Friday and there are 14 regular possible cash prizes with the top prize of £1,000.

There is also the opportunity to win the Rollover prize, which can grow to a maximum of £10,000.

Raise A Smile lottery has raised an incredible £1.1 million since 2012 for CHSW.

For more information or to sign up click HERE.

Mrs Little is pictured giving some of her winnings back to Louise Turner at Charlton Farm the children’s hospice at Wraxall.

Club Tropicana gig

Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club is hosting its 10th annual Pink Ladies Day on Saturday, October 8, at the West End clubhouse.

Its theme for 2016 is Club Tropicana and tickets at £15 include entry, buffet, welcome drink and entry to prize draw plus evening disco are on sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, for times see poster.

This year they will again be supporting BUST the breast cancer unit based at Southmead Hospital.

The annual Pink Ladies Day has raised more than £16,000 for breast cancer awareness.

It was started by three pioneering Nailsea women - Annabel Kew, Sue Morris and Rachel Sullivan - who launched the first Pink Ladies dinner at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club back in 2008.

Every year since nearly 100 ladies dressed in either outrageous or high end fashion outfits have marked the pink-themed occasion with a variety of stunts from a mass balloon launch to a schools challenge match with the boys wearing pink rugby shirts.

One year the All Pinks committee did a New Zealand traditional ancestral Haka and at other times ladies have arrived in style in a pink stretch Hummer limousine.

The Club Tropicana theme dress code is hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and pink flamingos.

For more information contact N&B Pink Ladies Day page on Facebook.

Tesco charity golf benefit for CHSW

Professional golfer Chris Wood swung by Charlton Farm this week to present Children’s Hospice South West with a huge charity donation.

Chris grew up in Nailsea and went to Golden Valley Primary School and Backwell School.

He said: “I first visited the Charlton Farm hospice about four years ago and immediately wanted to help the charity.

"My mother Sara has a close relationship with the hospice, having been a volunteer for a number of years at Charlton Farm.

"To see the care that the hospice gives to life-limited children across the south west from South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall is just amazing and made me want to help in any way I could.”
Charlton Farm at Wraxall is one of CHSW’s three hospices in the south west - all of which offer a home-from-home environment for children who are not expected to live to adulthood and their families.

It costs £3million a year to run each hospice and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions to safeguard its services into the future.

Pictured is Chris presenting staff and families with a £75,000 cheque from the Tesco Charity Pro-Am Classic golf day held in July at Epsom, Surrey, he attended.

He said, “Having worked my way into a position to help the hospice, when I was asked by Tesco to help with its charity pro-am and raise funds for the hospice I didn’t hesitate.

"Now to be handing over a cheque for £75,000 knowing how much it will help the families is a better feeling than anything I have done on the golf course.”
Charlton Farm head of care Nicola Orchard said: “We are overwhelmed by Chris’ generosity and commitment to the children and families we support.

"CHSW is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary since being founded by Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill and this kind donation helps to ensure we can continue providing respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to families well into the future.

"We’d all like to thank Chris for helping to make the most of short and precious lives.”

Chris said, “It has been a privilege to be able to do this and knowing that the harder I work at my game the more opportunities I will have to do this again is incredible motivation.”

Remembering Karin 


Weston College lecturer Mark Wilkins will take part in the Titan Brecon Middle Distance Traiathlon on Saturday, June 18, to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice in memory of his wife.

Mark who is the college curriculum coordinator for Early Years Foundation Degrees which are run in partnership with Bath Spa University hopes to raise £18,000 for Bristol’s only adult hospice caring for people with life-limiting illnesses.

His target represents £1,000 for each of the 18 days that Mark’s wife, Karin Dixon Wilkins, was cared for by St Peter’s before she passed away in July 2015.

Mark said: “I wanted to do something that would give me a focus, as I got used to being without Karin, and paying the hospice back for all their skills and dedication seemed the perfect thing do to.

“We all frequently get asked for donations for a charity, but it is only when you are supported by one that the amazing work they do becomes apparent.”

Mark and Karin were married for 24 years, and had a son, now aged 20, and two daughters, aged 22 and 25.

Karin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and was given the all clear after chemotherapy and a lumpectomy.

But in 2013, she was found to have secondary cancer in her lungs as well as brain tumours, and passed away last July.

Now Mark hopes to honour her memory with his marathon fund-raising effort.

The Titan Brecon Middle Distance Triathlon is a challenging three-stage event in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

It comprises a 1.2 mile swim in a freezing lake, 60 miles of cycling over the Brecons Moors, and a 13.1 mile run around the Bryn Bach lake and park.

The Long Ashton father-of- three, said: “I have always been keen on running and cycling, but this event is a real challenge as it includes swimming, which is not a strong sport for me.

“I train every day and am determined to do it justice.

"If Karin could be there, I know she would be shouting for me.”

If anyone would like to sponsor Mark click HERE to go to his Virgin money giving page or HERE for the St Peteres Hospice tribute page where you can also donate.

Retail therapy run


It was balloons and bubbles at redesigned St Peter’s Hospice charity shop at Nailsea when local woman Betsy Bebbington helped to officially cut the ribbon at the relaunch.

Fundraiser and keen runner Betsy who works at Waitrose supermarket successfully completed her eighth London Marathon last weekend, raising £1,400 for St Peter’s Hospice.

Betsy was delighted to be asked to re-launch the High Street store, which has been redesigned to allow for more lines to be added.

The store now features two dedicated vintage departments, homeware and clothing, as well as a craft section and a specialist Bridal Room upstairs, offering thrifty brides top quality wedding items at a fraction of the usual cost.

The Bridal Room will also provide customers with a handy ‘hat hire’ service.

The newly generated space also means the shop will now stock small items of donated furniture as well as the affordable womens, mens and childrens wear, accessories and books that it is known for.

Betsy, whose sister-in-law and mother-in-law are both currently being cared for by St Peter’s Hospice, said: “I was absolutely thrilled when the charity asked me to be a part of the Nailsea shop re-launch; it’s a wonderful shop in the heart of Nailsea which generates vital funds for the amazing hospice, so I was pleased to help in any way.

“I loved taking part in the London Marathon of behalf of the hospice, even though the day didn’t quite go to plan!

“It started with me getting locked in a flat by myself and having to wait an hour to be rescued!

“I managed to make my start time but the race itself was a bit of a messy slog!

“For some reason my legs and energy levels were lacking that day and I could not find a pace slow enough.

“I completed the course in 03:33:03 and have so far raised more than £1,400 for the hospice so it was all worth it.

“St Peter’s Hospice is providing such amazing care to my family at the moment that I just don’t know what we’d do without them.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day.

For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

St Peter’s Hospice shop area manager Louisa Merchant-Locke said: “The new Nailsea shop is gorgeous and we’re so excited to show our regular customers the changes we’ve made as well as introducing a new audience to our pre-loved treasures!

“The new vintage department stocks clothes, accessories and beautiful trinkets perfect for weddings, events and home décor.

“As with all of our local shops the funds raised here will go directly towards patient care in Bristol, both at the hospice and out in the community.”

For more information click HERE.

Marathon fundraising


A Nailsea woman is preparing to take part in her eighth London Marathon while raising money for the charity caring for her sister-in-law.

Betsy Bebbington, aged 51, hopes to raise around £3,000 at the event on Sunday, April 24, where she will be supporting Bristol’s only adult hospice St Peter’s Hospice.

The charity is currently caring for sister-in-law Ann Bebbington, also from Nailsea, who was diagnosed with non-treatable pancreatic cancer at Christmas time last year and who is now receiving day hospice support.

Betsy said: “My lovely sister-in-law Ann was diagnosed with a very late presenting and non-treatable cancer late last year.

"She has since been supported by St Peter’s Hospice and we decided together that I should run this year’s marathon in aid of them, as they have

been so wonderful.

“Ann has been on the 12-week day hospice programme and has found it so helpful with all the expertise the doctors and nurses have there.

"The coordination with her GP and the management of her side effects have made a real difference to her and to the rest of the family who are helping to care for her.

“With the help of the hospice everything has been much quicker and much less stressful.

"The 24- hour helpline has been a huge support for us; even before she was fully transferred to the hospice every contact we had with them was amazing.

“The day hospice programme has given my mother-in-law Margaret, who is Ann’s main carer, a respite break and Ann has really enjoyed going.

"The nurses make her feel comfortable and the building itself is lovely inside and out. Ann couldn’t believe it when she was offered wine with her lunch, but the attitude there is very much ‘we’re here to make you happy and comfortable’.

“Ann has been a great supporter of my middle aged running exploits so it’s fantastic to be able to be doing this for her and the hospice.

"I placed first in my age group at the Reading Half Marathon recently and I could hear her clapping when I phoned home, which was just lovely.

"I’m glad she takes some enjoyment from my little hobby.”

Although she only started running aged 43, Betsy has become an experienced runner taking part in 14 previous full marathons.

"Aiming to set a new personal best time of 3 hours 15 minutes, Betsy is being trained by a coach and says the 26.2 mile distance is her


“Marathons are quite strategic and I like that.

"You’ve got to make sure you don’t start off too quickly but when you get to the final five miles and you realise as a 5ft something woman you are overtaking men of 6ft, it’s such a rewarding feeling.

“Knowing that your little legs have propelled you all that distance, and basically only on a bowl of porridge and a banana, is amazing. I really enjoy running as a sport and I’m hoping to achieve a good time and good amount of money for St Peter’s Hospice.

“I work as a meat and fish specialist at Waitrose in Nailsea and they’ve been brilliant at supporting me so far.

"I’ve raised £1,000 to date and hope to raise at least £3,000 by the end.

“St Peter’s Hospice really resonates with the local community, everyone knows someone who they have helped.

"We can’t thank them enough for the help they are giving Ann so it’s lovely to give something back.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day.

For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser Louisa James said: “We’re wishing Betsy all the best of luck with the London Marathon.

"It’s a huge challenge but she’s a veteran marathon runner so she’ll do great!

"We’d like to say a big thank you to her and the rest of the family for deciding to support us, donations like this mean we can continue our work caring for patients in Bristol.”

To donate online to Betsy click HERE and there are also donation envelopes available at the welcome desk at Waitrose, Nailsea.

You can also follow Betsy’s journey on Twitter at @BetsyBebb.

To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice click HERE.

Fancy dress entrants


A 3-D dinosaur, a polar bear, a horse and jockey, a man carrying a tumble dryer, a four-person fire engine, an astronaut and Snow White - the runners attempting to set new Guinness World Records (GWR) this year have been revealed.

This year a total of 69 hopefuls will be attempting to set 55 new world records at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 24, in the ninth successive year of a record-breaking partnership with GWR.

Runners choosing to target a Guinness World Records title not only have to cope with running in an obstructive costume, being tied to other runners or weighing themselves down but they also have to beat some incredible times to become a record holder.

This year will see four runners dressed as Disney character Elsa, from Frozen - looking to beat a time of three hours. Other sub-three hour hopefuls include a nurse and a chameleon.

Virgin Money London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher said: “We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Guinness World Records since our partnership began in 2008.

"Record breaking adds another dimension to the day and provides a great additional incentive for supporters to donate to charitable causes.

"We’re looking forward to a wonderful day as we celebrate all our runners becoming one in a million."

Midnight carnival walk


The nearest Midnight Walk for Nailsea women is at Bristol.

And on Saturday, July 9, hundreds from all over the south west will join the major fundraising charity event with for 2016 has a carnival theme.

In aid of St Peter’s Hospice it promises to be more fun and colourful than ever before as the girls take to the streets for a five or 10-mile night time walk around the city.

This year, in a nod to the Rio Olympics organisers have planned a carnival themed event which will feature Samba and Afro-Brazilian dancers and participants will be encouraged to dress in carnival attire with feathers and bright colours.

Taking in all the sights of Bristol including the ss Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Harbourside, the seventh annual Midnight Walk event aims to raise in excess of £100,000 for terminal patient care in Bristol and will kick off at 10.30pm from Ashton Gate Stadium.

St Peter’s Hospice events fundraiser Maria del Carmen Moon Park said: “The Midnight Walk is our most well-attended fundraiser and has become one of the most popular events in the Bristol calendar over the past few years because of its fun atmosphere.

“It’s great to see groups of friends and family come together, dress up and sing and dance their way around the route.

"With two distances to choose from, this is an event that anyone can take part in.

"It’s not competitive at all, but it’s a great achievement to complete.

“With the added element of the Carnival theme this year, we’re expecting a huge turnout!

"The ladies always put great effort into wearing pink so I can’t wait to see the crowds of people dressed for carnival walking through the streets of Bristol.

"There will be amazing dancers getting everyone going and there will be a Samba warm up.

“As ever we are looking for as many people as possible to take part and we need volunteer marshals to help on the night too.”

This year’s event is being sponsored by local business Sounds Commercial and supported by Western Power Distribution.

To download an earlybird registration form click HERE.

Those who register will receive an events pack, including a t-shirt.



Bereavement charity Cruse would like to thank Nailsea supermarket shoppers for the Waitrose community matters green tokens contributions which led to the group benefitting by £600.

Waitrose wine specialist Emma Oughton; branch manager Simon Brumby; community partner Lisa Davidson and customer services manager David Milne were all on hand to meet and greet  Cruse bereavement volunteers Yvette and Heather who came to collect the cheque.

Cruse is a national charity which provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved, be it children, young people and adults, whenever or however the death occurred.

The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers, and is confidential and free.

Cruse provides face to face, telephone, email, website and group support both post- and pre-bereavement.

The local Cruse branch has been providing support for people in Backwell, Clevedon, Nailsea, Yatton and the surrounding area for more than 12 years.

The support group meets twice monthly between 10am-noon on the first and third Fridays at Clevedon Community Centre, Princes Road. Call in for a friendly and welcoming chat and  refreshments.

Trained volunteers also provide individual support at home or at the Community Centre.

Call the Bristol Cruse office for more information on 0117 926 4045.

Helping youth of Nailsea


Tough as Nails, the charity assault course which was such a success last summer is back for 2016, bigger and better.

This year’s event will take place at the same location, Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, on Saturday, July 23.

Last year saw the tough get going with more than 100 people taking part, raising almost £1,000 for Nailsea’s skate park.

This year the event is raising money for a youth shelter for Millennium Park.

It’s being organised by outdoor fitness company Carpe Diem and supported by local businesses and Nailsea’s Neighbourhood Police Team.

They’re promising bigger and better challenges as well as favourites from last year including a slippery slide, crawl pipes and muddy water.

The shorter children’s course is also due to return.

Tyntesfield Mason Lodge has given this year’s fundraising a boost by presenting Carpe Diem’s Donna Jordan with £200 towards the event.

Donna said: “This is a fantastic donation from a local organisation.

"It will help the event be even bigger and go towards building a shelter for the youth of Nailsea.”

Up-to-date details will appear on the What's On page and photos from 2015 are in the gallery - click HERE.

Anyone interested in taking part or supporting the event can get in touch by e-mailing

Sky team jumping for Jack


It will be 13 years in April when Jane Tucker lost her newborn son Jack.

Mum Jane, aged 49, said: "When we lost Jack I always said I wanted to be up there with him.

"I have always wanted to do something by myself in Jack's memory. 

"I hate flying and heights so this is a massive achievement for me to do.

"I hope you can all get behind me and help make a difference to those babies in SCBU as well as keep Jack's memory alive for me."

Jane is the boss at C&C Motors based at Unit 2, Blackfriars Road, Nailsea,  

Team Jumpin Jack - Jane and eight friends - will be launching themselves out of a plane at 15,000ft to help make a difference to hundreds of babies who require life-saving treatment at the unit each year.
Jane added: "Please dig deep and give generously to help support the fabulous work the people working in St Michael's Hospital, Bristol SBCU."

To donate click HERE to go to the Just Giving page.

The plan is to make the jump on Sunday, April 3 but this is dependent on weather conditions.

Jane has set a target of raising £1,500.

Read below how fitness instructor and friend Debi Lough is supporting Jane with another fundraising challenge.

STOP PRESS: Jane and her team successfully completed her skydive for St Micheal's raised more than £8,000. She said a big thank to her supporters but added: "Never again - it was terrifying."

Saddle sore challenges


Two (maybe three) super fit North Somerset people from Cadbury Hotel are raising money for charity.


  1. Fitness instructor Debi Lough, pictured right, is undertaking a gruelling 15 hour spinathon cycle ride to help raise funds for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Bristol in memory of baby Jack Colin Tucker. On Tuesday, March 15, between 7am to 10pm, Debi Lough from theclub at Cadbury House will peddle away alongside other club members and instructors. She was inspired by club member Jane Tucker whose small son Jack sadly passed away having been born 26 weeks premature in 2003. During his short life Jack was looked after by St Michaels Special Baby Care Unit and spent 24 days in an incubator, Jane has set about a number of fund raising events which has raised thousands of pounds to help buy 17 vital pieces of equipment for the hospital. Having chatted to Debi about her efforts, the super fit gym instructor decided to help out with the marathon ride and is looking for donations and support from the community. As part of her ongoing fundraising efforts Jane is planning to take part in a sky dive on Sunday, April 3, and was one reason why Debi decided to do the ride to not only support Jane’s efforts but raise awareness. Debi said: “To hear what Jane and her family went through and to see what she has done is very inspiring. She’s so grateful to the team at SCBU for all they did for Jack and wants to pay back the care and attention so that other premature babies will be given hope of a long and fulfilling life. I’ll have three bikes in reception on the day so anyone can come along and help spur me on as well as drop off any spare change. Alternatively those wishing to donate can visit Jane’s Just Giving page which details her plans for a sky dive later in the year.” Click HERE to go to the Just Giving page; 

  2. Not to be outdone theclub director and former Bristol City and Cheltenham Town footballer Jason Eaton, aged 47, has joined a posse of friends to cycle from London to Paris. He said: "I very stupidly on the spur of the moment decided last summer to say yes to something that I may live to regret!" Starting off on Sunday, May 19 along with six others the group will be covering 320 miles in four days on bikes. Jason, pictured below in a cup winning heyday, added: "The challenge ahead is even more daunting seeing as I only sat on my bike for the first time last Friday and rode for an impressive 10 miles. Those of you that know me well, will realise that I am slightly competitive and will be ready for the 19th whatever it takes between now and then." They are committed to raise a minimum of £15,000 for Cure Leukaemia! To suport Jason click HERE; and

  3. Last but not least North Somerset owner of Cadbury Hotel Nick Taplin, aged 43,  is also joing the magnicent seven to cycle to the French capital. Chairman at Black and White Hospitality company which is putting up the team he said: "Wish us all, no punctures, sunny weather, no strong winds and lots of flat roads." More later...

Costa Coffee charity booking


Looking for somewhere central and affordable for your group to meet?

You can book in at Costa coffee at 5 Somerset Square and help to raise monies for charity.

Retired Naislea teacher Elizabeth Rhodes supports an African charity for vulnerable Zambian orphans called Mulako Safe Home Zambia.

She said: "We're looking for groups who need somewhere nice as well as affordable to meet one or two evenings a month.

"Costa will let us book them in make a small charge for coffee and room hire which can be donated straight to our charity."

To learn more about the charity click HERE.

To contact Elizabeth:

Dates for your diary


  • The next Nailsea & Backwell Rotary charity bookstall will be on Saturday, March 19, outside Waitrose supermarket main entrance on Nailsea High Street;

  • Its Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs 2016 is on Sunday, June 26; and

  • The Charity Golf Day 2016 is on Friday, September 9.

An invitation


Nailsea Baptist church is hosting a March breakfast to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day - at Cancer Research UK they say it’s the most important meal of the year.

So however you like your breakfast, porridge or pastries, avocado or egg here is a brilliant alternative choice for you to join the Silver Street church on Friday morning, March 11.

Associate pastor Paul Carter said: “We are inviting local people to join us for breakfast. We have a wide range of yummy breakfast goodies and your donation will support those whose lives are changed forever by cancer.“

Charity shop needs volunteers


The New Year is a perfect time of year to decide how you can make this year even better than last year.

For Children’s Hospice South West, it is not only celebrating its 25th anniversary, it is also looking at expanding its family of retail volunteers.

From Monday to Saturday, January 25-30 Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is running a volunteer awareness raising week in all 26 of its shops across the region.

During this week the charity will be encouraging the public to join the CHSW family and consider making volunteering part of their New Year’s Resolutions.

CHSW supports children with life-limiting illnesses and volunteering time can be as important to the charity as people making financial donations - and when better than in the New Year to consider offering a few hours to charity.

CHSW head of retail Helen Fildes said “Our shops need around six additional half-day volunteers each day so that it can run at full potential.

"Retail brings in a large income for the charity and volunteers are our backbone.

"We would love you to join our family of CHSW retail volunteers in 2016 and you will be able to feel content in knowing that you are giving something back to the community this year.”

For the whole week anyone wondering what is involved in being a volunteer in one of CHSW’s shops can visit their local shop for a cup of tea and an informal chat.

The Nailsea shop is at 18 Colliers Walk at Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

There are many roles within the shop, some public facing such as being on the shop floor and serving customers, and others which are more behind the scenes doing things like processing stock.

Jeanne, who has volunteered for four years, said “‘It’s like being a member of another family here, I just felt like I fitted in from the start.

"I’d encourage anyone to just give it a go to see if it’s for them.’

CHSW is in desperate need of more shop volunteers to ensure that donations of items can be sorted efficiently so the shops can trade to their full potential and raise much-needed funds for the charity. Volunteers do not have to commit to a high level of hours per week and any donation of time is appreciated and valued highly.  

The idea is simple. Anyone who is unsure whether volunteering is right for them, or requires more information on what it entails, is encouraged to drop in to any CHSW shop during this week.

Alternatively, you can call Stephanie Robey on 01271 325270 or email

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is:

  • Dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families from the south west;

  • Delivering a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, and bereavement support;

  • It has three homely hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm near Nailsea and Little Harbour in Cornwall – are special places with tailor-made family-friendly facilities;

  • They say It isn’t simply the quality of the environment that makes our hospices what they are: it is the love friendship and smiles found inside, thanks to the specially selected care staff; and

  • It provides a loving, caring place for every member of every family who stays with us, including enriching one-to-one care for the sick child, a special sibling service for well brothers and sisters, and support for mums and dads.

To find out more about the wonderful work of CHSW click HERE.

Rainbow Run is back for 2016 to bring some colour to your summer! 

North Somerset people can join the run at The Downs on Saturday, June 18.

Rainbow Run is the brightest 5k around, where you can walk, jog or run your way through 5k of colour explosions to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West – and this year we have lowered the age range, so anyone aged five years and over can come and enjoy the fun!
2016 marks 25 years of Children’s Hospice South West and we are delighted to be bringing you a Rainbow Run with a silver surprise to celebrate this fantastic year!  

Gather your friends, family or colleagues to enter a team to the event of the summer – turn up in your white T-shirt’s and leave with a big smile, happy memories and covered in every colour of the rainbow!
Sign up before the end of January 2016 to secure your place at last year’s prices in our special early-bird offer!

Also new for 2016 - special discounts available for teams and families!

Triple odds at Backwell pub charity race night


The Teenage Cancer Trust benefitted by £1,525 from a charity race night hosted by  the Rising Sun, Backwell.

The evening was Will Hellier to say thank you to the charity which supported Nailsea army cadet James Burrows during his two year fight against non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Happily former Backwell School student James, aged 17, who is now at studying at Weston College has made a full recovery and in his leisure time is learning to be a light aircraft pilot.

More than 100 people attended the fundraiser organised by Will who works at Nailsea School and his  friends.

It was hoped to raise £500 for this worthy cause but once the proceeds from the video horse races, raffle and donations were totalled it was more than triple that amount.

Will said: “A great number of local businesses helped by donating raffle prizes or supplying food to keep those in attendance well fed.

“This was a really great show of community spirit from the people of Backwell and Nailsea.”

Every year more than 200 young people from Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall, are diagnosed with cancer.In March 2014 Teenage Cancer Trust raised £2.5million to open the first specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the South West for young people from across the region with cancer.

The new eight-bed unit at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre offers 16 to 24 year olds a place to receive treatment where they can feel at home.

Named Area 61 by the patients, the unit has two floors, with one floor dedicated to in-patients with five en-suite bedrooms with sofa beds for family and friends to stay overnight.

It also has a large social area where young people can play pool, listen to music, play games consoles or watch films on the latest Smart TVs.

Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations and needs local communities to support its work with young people with cancer.

It costs more than £600,000 a year to maintain the new unit, fund specialist staff and support the free cancer awareness sessions that are delivered in schools, colleges and universities across the South West.

For more information online click HERE or email

  • Sadly Punch Brewery is closing the Rising Sun in the new year and selling the land for housing the same fate as The New Inn across the road.

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Nailsea Children in Need


BBC1 annual charity event Children in Need raised more than £37 million for 2015.

Nailsea schools, shops and even the dentist surgery joined in the fundraising.

Crown Glass shopping centre stores surpassed themselves with lots of support for the event.

Boots sold Pudsey memorabilia including cuddly bears and fluffy ears.

Pudsey-branded cakes went on sale at Greggs the bakery shop at Colliers Walk and Thomas Cook Travel at Somerset Square also had a cake sale.

With all the sugary icing it is no wonder DentalCare Nailsea promoted its services and held an annual charity raffle which made £217.

Nailsea School staged its very own Great British Bake Off to raise money for Children in Need.

Eighteen staff took part in the challenge to create a signature bake of 12 biscuits on the theme of Nailsea School and Children in Need.

Teachers worked in pairs and had to submit a drawing of their ‘dish’ prior to the bake- off.

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Nailsea School director of learning and achievement Julie Baldwin organised the fundraiser.

She said: “Many of the participants are not known for their culinary expertise, however despite their lack of spatula skills, their enthusiasm and sense of humour made for a colourful event.”

Participants had an hour and 45 minutes to make biscuits and decorate them.

Food technology teachers Ms Allright and Ms Hounsell won the challenge with a 3D display of gingerbread men based on ‘diversity’.

A school spokesman said:  “The biscuits also tasted really good!”

The bake-off was made into a short fun documentary with sixth formers Joel Rothwell and Hope Griffiths acting as presenters.

If you have photos to be added to the slideshow email them to - thanks.

Success for pub shopping mall


Two Nailsea mums who organised a shopping mini mart at a local pub raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Sisters Stephanie and Jemma Capern,pictured top left, set up shop on Thursday, October 29, in the function room at the back of the Ring O’Bells.

The pre-Christmas mini-mart at the St Mary’s Grove pub was to raise monies for charities that have helped them.

One is for bereaved parents and the other is for people with very poorly children.

Along with lots of stalls, children’s fancy dress competition and a fun visit from a Minion the afternoon raised £258.52.

Stephanie, who is a travel agent with Thomas Cook at Somerset Square, was thrilled with the amount made which she described as ‘absolutely amazing’.

Stephanie added: “Thank you everyone for making the day, which was my 23rd birthday, such a success especially the stallholders and businesses who gave raffle prizes.”

There was a £1 admission charge and stalls included cosmetics and homemade Halloween cakes.

Among those who donated prizes were Boots, Ann & Joys, Queenie’s Flower Shop, Costa, Maynews, Occasions, Wetherspoons and R&R holistic therapies.

Profits are being split between Sands and Ronald McDonald House.

Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death) support those who have been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.

It offers emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health professionals and others.

To learn more about Sands click HERE.

Ronald McDonald House is an independent charity which provides home from home accommodation to the families of critically ill children receiving care at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

To learn more about RMH click HERE.

Both charities are close to the hearts of the sisters and their families.

Stephanie and her partner Luke Payne have a small daughter called Bobbie-Mai, aged one.

But on the heartbreaking route to becoming parents the couple have lost three babies.

Jemma, aged 25, a full-time mum, and her partner Lee Cook have two children Gracie-Leigh, five and Bailee, two.

Bailee contracted meningitis when he was just a toddler and spent his second birthday in hospital.

Stephanie said: “He lost the ability to walk and talk and then it spiralled from there and is got worse then he couldn’t do anything more than move his eyes when he was awake – it was heartbreaking and he was in hospital quite a while.

”While Bailee was at the children’s hospital Jemma stayed in nearby accommodation provided by RMH."

Although the initial prognosis for Bailee wasn’t good thankfully he is beginning to show signs of a full recovery as he re-learns all the development gains he made before becoming so ill.

Stephanie said; “He is not 100 per cent but he is beginning to learn his words again and move around.”“Jemma and I just wanted to say a big thank you to the charities that have helped us and this was one of the ideas we came up with.”

  • Not content with organising the shopping afternoon with her sister Stephanie is also running a Children in Need bake sale and fancy dress event on Friday, November 13, at Thomas Cook the travel agents at Crown Glass shopping centre where she works. 

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Good sport girls in the Pink


Let's hear it for the girls who raised lots of money for BUST with a raucous Pink Ladies Day at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.

Thank you to everyone who sent me their photos although a random shot of a butler in the buff appears to have crept in?

Nailsea cameraman Paul Balshaw, of Amazing Portraits, was the official photographer on the day.

He said: “I was so pleased to be part of this event and having seen so much work and effort going in, it was clear to see that Pink Ladies 2015 was going to be a major success.”

Anyone who would like to purchase one of Paul’s 7inx5in photos for just £5 each with all of the proceeds going to BUST click HERE and follow the simple instructions.

Once back from the lab prints can be collected from the clubhouse.

  • To read how the Cadbury House pink ladies got on go to its page by clicking HERE.

Pink Ladies Day


The annual Pink Ladies Day at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club on Saturday, October 10, is sold out.


  • (See Pink Ladies event at Cadbury House hotel which may have a few tickets left by clicking HERE.)


The £10 tea party tickets in aid of BUST includes an evening disco with hog roast.

Since it was formed in 1991 by Frenchay Hospital patients to buy £20,000 an ultra-sound scanner BUST has raised more than £1 million.

Now in its eigth year the annual Pink Ladies Day at Nailsea has raised more than £16,000 for breast cancer awareness.

It was started by three pioneering women - Annabel Kew, Sue Morris and Rachel Sullivan - who launched the first Pink Ladies dinner at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club back in 2008.

Every year since approximately 120 ladies dressed in either outrageous or high end fashion outfits have marked the pink-themed occasion with a variety of stunts from a mass balloon launch to a schools challenge match with the boys wearing pink rugby shirts.

One year the All Pinks supporters did a New Zealand traditional ancestral Haka and at other times ladies have arrived in style in a pink stretch Hummer limousine.

Drinking their pink cocktails and enjoying a pink buffet is par for the course.

Although there are no tickets left for the 2015 sell-out day people are still more than welcome to come down and watch the first team and Colts game against Minehead as the Backwell bar well be open to all.

This year the theme is 'tea party' inspired by the Great British Bake Off so it is tea and cake at lots of fundraisers during October which is Breast Cancer Month.

At Nailsea there will be a best dressed bra competition with ladies to wear on top of outfit or just bring along.

The super duper prize is a Cadbury House spa day for two.

They will also have raffles, auctions throughout the day, speaker from BUST (the breast cancer unit now based at Southmead Hospital) plus two rugby matches with the male players wearing pink socks.

At half time there will be the traditional mass balloon launch.

And there is room for a few more at the evening charity disco with hog roast and photo booth which starts at 7pm.

BUST is now the major funding partner for Southmead Breast Care Centre and has also donated equipment to the Avon Breast Screening Service.

The funds raised by BUST and its supporters enable the clinicians to buy advanced equipment before it is available through NHS funding.

The Southmead Breast Care Centre is now widely recognised regionally and nationally as an excellent centre for Breast Care Services because of the dedication and caring attitude of its doctors, nurses and administrative staff and the work of BUST.

For further detail contact Rachel on 0774 981 2145.

Designer charity shop winter wear in stock 


Autumn and winter can often be the most expensive seasons to dress for with heavy coats, boots and knitted jumpers needed to update wardrobes.

Savvy fashionistas however will be pleased to hear that once again the much loved charity shops run by St Peter’s Hospice are stocking all the latest season trends at a fraction of the price.

All 47 St Peter’s Hospice shops throughout Bristol and North Somerset including the one on High Street, Nailsea, have launched ' winterwear' ranges with pre-loved items from brands like Topshop, Boden, Ben Sherman, Dune, Zara, Laura Ashley, The White Company, River Island, French Connection and Next all on display.

Area shop manager Victoria Canavan said: “The autumn and winterwear we have in stores this year is fabulous.

"We’ve got everything from womenswear and menswear to childrenswear, shoes and accessories.

“While we are definitely better value for money than high street shops we also pride ourselves on the quality of the stock that we put out on the racks, with many items never having been worn and with the original tags still on.

“We regularly see designer items being donated to our Nailsea store and we go on to sell them for less than half the original price so it’s brilliant value for anyone who takes an interest in fashion but doesn’t want to pay full whack.

“We’ve got so many hidden gems on our shelves so come and take a rummage, you never know what you’ll find.”

St Peter’s Hospice is the only hospice in the area catering soley for adults and looks after more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day.

For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

With shops at Backwell, Clevedon, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portishead and Yatton as well as many citiy stores shoppers will never be far from their nearest store.

The St Peter’s Hospice 'winterwear' campaign this year includes posters and marketing materials featuring local supporters, staff and volunteers modelling the clothes, shoes and accessories available.

Victoria added: “Updating your style for Winter of course means making room in your wardrobe and we greatly appreciate any donations we get. Without your wonderful help we would not be able to fill our shops with lovely items and we would not be able to continue supporting those who need us.

“Also a huge thank you to our lovely local supporters come models who can be seen in the shop fronts and who are making this campaign look extra stylish!”

To find your nearest St Peter’s Hospice shop click HERE.

Vacancy: Charity shop volunteers


You may decide to volunteer your time for a charity because the cause is one close to your heart. You may also decide volunteering is for you as you’d like to meet new people or perhaps you’re looking to make a difference to the lives of others, as well as to your own?

Mary began volunteering at a Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) shop more than two years ago because she wanted to do something worthwhile and fulfilling.

Having had a successful career, Mary moved house in order to care for her mother.

However, when her mother died she wanted to spend time doing something she would enjoy, something sociable.

She said: “I needed something for me.

"When I went home to my husband I had something that was my thing. I could talk with him about what had happened during my day at the shop.”

From Monday to Sunday, October 12-18, all 26 CHSW shops will be taking part in Volunteers Week. During this week people are encouraged to drop in to any CHSW shop, have a cup of tea and a chat, and find out how retail volunteering could benefit them.

So much goes on in and behind the scenes at a CHSW shop; there are many and varied jobs - from being creative with window displays to researching the value of donations as well as helping customers on the shop floor.

For Mary, it’s a great way of making friends.

She said: “I’m a people person.

"I’ll always say hello and be friendly to every one of our customers who come in.”

If you’re ready to do something different with your life and if you’d like to find out how retail volunteering can benefit you, pop into your nearest CHSW shop, call Stephanie Robey on 01271 325270 or email

The Nailsea shop is at 18 Colliers Walk, telephone 01275 853261.

PHOTO: Mary in a CHSW shop


Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW)

  • We are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families from the South West

  • We deliver a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, and bereavement support

  • Our three homely hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and Little Harbour in Cornwall – are special places with tailor-made family-friendly facilities

  • It isn’t simply the quality of the environment that makes our hospices what they are: it is the love friendship and smiles found inside, thanks to the specially selected care staff

  • We provide a loving, caring place for every member of every family who stays with us, including enriching one-to-one care for the sick child, a special sibling service for well brothers and sisters, and support for Mums and Dads

  • To find out more about our wonderful work click HERE.

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Dance for Diabetes fundraising gig


A Nailsea mum has raised hundreds of pounds for diabetes research since her young son was diagnosed with the disease nearly two years ago.

Mum Vicky Oates (nee Main) who is married to Dan began fundraising for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after their four-year-old son Callum was diagnosed with Type I diabetes nearly two years ago.

The latest fundraising was a ‘dance for diabetes’ charity event at the Scotch Horn leisure centre which raised nearly £1,000.

Headlined by Nailsea band Corvus who ‘rocked the place’ and Nailsea DJ Keith Watkinson family, friends and supporters dance the night away.

So far Vicky has organised the coffee morning, pub quiz and flower arranging evening for JDRF.

Her first idea for a black tie event with tickets at £20 including buffet was a bit ambitious but after a rethink she came up with the more fun social with £10 admission on Saturday, September 26.

Vicky said of the rearranging: “Following the cancellation of my last venture I now have a new date and fresh ideas!

“Live, local and fabulous band Corvus will still be playing, alongside an excellent DJ.”

Lucky Dean Kenny won the top raffle prize and took home a signed Manchester United football shirt.

Vicky works as a legal secretary and Danny is a window fabricator with Seal Lite.

Callum has two big sisters Alicia, nine and Kara, six.

Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 26,000 young people in the UK.

Since JDRF was established 40 years ago it has funded more than £1 billion of research worldwide.

To learn more about JDRF click HERE.

  • The Nailsea, Backwell and District Diabetes Support group is hosting a coffee moring on Wednesday, October 21, 10.30am-noon at the Baptist church cnetre drop-in cafe at Silver Street (formerly Church House). For more details call Barbara Harris on 01275 268810.

A co-op convenience store which opened with a fanfare at Nailsea five years ago has hosted a charity week.

On its first day in 2011 it gave away free doughnuts and chocolate croissants and invited special children from Ravenswood School to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

And in keeping with this tradition it was selling cakes on Wednesday, August 26, for Whizz-Kidz which supports disabled children helping them to reach to their full potential by providing vital equipment and life skills training.

And all week customers were invited to guess number of sweets in a jar or try the lucky number game at the Hannah More Road store.

Whizz-Kidz estimate that nationwide there are 70,000 mobility impaired children waiting for an appropriate wheelchair.

The Nailsea store is owned by Southern Co-operative which although it uses the same branding is a different company to the one which merged with the Somerfield supermarket group.

The Southern Co-operative sells a range of meat and vegetables and stocks Fairtrade, healthy living and Truly Irresistible ranges; as well as everyday essentials.

It also has an in-house bakery for bread, cakes and pastries and off road parking.

Joanne Smith said: "We raised £197 thanks to everyone."


PHOTO: Pictured are Zoe Butterworth, Jess Hodge, Lisa Isaacs, Joanne Smith and Beth Strefford

Nailsea co-op fundraising charity week

Calling all super heroes


Have you got what it takes to be a hero? Then show us, say Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

As part of National Air Ambulance Week from Sunday to Sunday, September 20 – 27, GWAAC is inviting people to don their capes and masks to raise money and help the real heroes keep flying and saving lives in your local area.

Whether you’re a kid, or a big kid at heart, GWAAC is looking for schools, corporates, community groups, or just groups of friends to dress up as their favourite super hero in a sponsored Be Your Hero event.

GWAAC receives no lottery or government funding and it relies on real people to be heroes to keep flying.

Operating across Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire, the service attends more than 100 potentially fatal injuries a month.

Without its super flying abilities many of the accidents it attends would be too hard to reach in time by land.

All you need to do to help keep GWAAC flying is get a heroic group together and ask them to make a donation to our mean, green, flying machine – the GWAAC Air Ambulance – in exchange for a day out of the ordinary, dressed as the super hero of their choice!

GWAAC fundraising manager Emma Carter said: “It is time to let out your inner child – and dress as your favourite superhero.

“The crew onboard our helicopter are heroes, saving lives that would otherwise be lost if we did not exist.

“By dressing up as your hero you are helping our heroes continue their life saving work.”

If you buy a costume from Fancy Dress & Party at Weston-super-Mare for every superhero costumes purchased from their shop they will donate 10 per cent of every sale to the cause.

To buy online click HERE and use the code HERO.

Budding artists are also being asked to design their own hero comic book.

The emergency service is looking for schools to get involved in our Be Your Hero event by designing a comic strip about GWACC and their heroic adventures.

The winning comic will be professionally printed and turned into your very own book.

To register for an explanatory entry pack email

GWAAC has been providing an air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the West Country for seven years but since upgrading to its new EC135 helicopter in October 2014 it now needs £2million a year to stay operational.


Positive delivery team


Pre-hospital blood transfusions can now be given to patients treated by Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s Critical Care Team.

From this month GWAAC is carrying blood on the helicopter and rapid response vehicles which will benefit seriously ill and injured patients in need of emergency blood transfusion.

The charity has teamed up with Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) to fund the initiative.

WAA is also carrying blood on its helicopter.

This means that the two air ambulances are the first in the south west of England to carry blood.

It is estimated that this will benefit two to four patients every month.

GWWAC lead doctor Matt Thomas said: “Blood is a precious life saving resource, by putting it on the air ambulance we are getting it to the right people at the right time.

"By having blood on the air ambulance we now have the ability to better stabilise patients with life-threatening bleeding and get them to hospital whereas before this may not have been the case.”

Emergency blood transfusions are likely to be used on patients who suffer life-threatening bleeding caused by trauma and some acute medical conditions.

The blood will be collected daily from the North Bristol Trust Transfusion Laboratory at Southmead Hospital and delivered to GWAAC airbase at Filton and WAA Operations Centre at Devizes by the charity Freewheelers EVS, which covers the south west.

Additional deliveries can be made if required by the air crews.

If the blood is not used, it will be returned to Southmead Hospital by the volunteer blood bikers after 24 hours.

The blood storage boxes maintain the temperature of the blood within in very narrow limits for well over 24 hours.

Any unused blood units are therefore able to be put back into the Southmead Hospital blood bank, preventing waste.

Melanie Rowbottom, a trustee of Freewheelers EVS, said: “Delivering blood supplies to air ambulances is a new venture for us and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Great Western Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“We are excited to play our part in delivering a component of a service that could save many more lives, fully supported by the commitment of our members to make deliveries to the Air Ambulance bases 365 days a year.”

SWASFT’s deputy clinical director, Adrian South, said: “SWASFT critical care specialist paramedics who work on the air ambulances receive additional training so they can bring even more clinical skills to the most seriously ill and injured patients.

"Along with critical care doctors, they are able to administer the blood.

"This new initiative to carry blood for transfusions on the two air ambulances will be of real benefit for patients in the south west.”

The blood, two units of O negative, will be stored in a Credo blood box, an insulated box that maintains the blood within a narrow temperature range preventing damage and spoilage.

Although only eight per cent of the population is blood group is O Rh negative, it is very special indeed.

This is because it can be given to anyone.

That means your blood is the only safe option when a patient's blood group is unknown or not immediately available - such as in emergencies, or in the case of specialised procedures for unborn babies.

When blood is to be given to a patient it will be warmed from its cool storage temperature towards body temperature using a small portable device called a Belmont buddy lite Fluid Warmer.

The Credo blood box containing the units of blood can be switched from the helicopter to the Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) used by GWAAC and WAA critical care paramedics, if needed.

PHOTO: From left  Matt Simms and Mel Baskerville, of  Freewheelers; critical care doctors Harvey Pynn and Rich Reid; critical care paramedic John Wood; GWAAC chief executive John Christensen and NBT transfusion manager Tim Wreford-Bush

Giving right blend of help to CHSW


A special gift of an industrical strength blender has been bought for the Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) to enable staff to serve home-made food to children who cannot chew or swallow.

The Vitamix blender was donated by business networking group What’s Right, which raises money for local good causes from work generated as a result of its membership.

Many of the children at CHSW’s Wraxall hospice at Charlton Farm near Nailsea are fed through a gastrostomy, which involves feeding via a tube in the stomach, because of their medical conditions.

But now parents can serve their own meals at the right consistency for those with a gastrostomy.

CHSW corporate partnerships fundraiser Kate Fisher said: “We are very grateful to the team at What’s Right for such a generous donation.

“The Vitamix blender means families and children have more choice and control in their care.

“The children love mealtimes at the hospice and now they can eat the same food as their families.”

Food previously had to be thinned down to reduce tube blockages, but this could affect the nutritional intake from their food.

Kitchen staff also had to use a stick blender and pass food through a fine sieve, which was a slow, difficult process.

What's Right founding member John Tiley said: “The work the team at CHSW do is amazing and we were moved to try and help, albeit it in a small way.

“We are delighted to learn this new equipment will help the hospice team, parents and, of course, the children.”

The Vitamix ensures the team at CHSW meet the highest safety standards, reduce the risk of blockages and ensure children have the maximum amount of nutrients from their food.

  • For more information on CHSW and their work click HERE.

  • For more information on What’s Right click HERE.


Photo: What’s Right team members with on right CHSW corporate partnerships fundraiser Kate Fisher

From the very young in pushchairs to the young-at-heart Nailsea people turned up at the weekend to walk or run the 5km, 10km and 20km routes around the town for the annual charity walks organised by Rotarians.

Among those stepping out to raise monies for their favourite charity was retired weatherman Tony Targett and Holy Trinity vicar Joylon Trickey.

Despite the sometimes inclement weather a record number of people tackled the course.

Rotary Club of Nailsea and Backwell chairman Alan Davies said: "The number taking part was the highest ever and early signs are that money raised for many deserving causes will also be a record, exceeding last year’s magnificent total of £18,500."

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Roy Ackrill, Rotary Club of Nailsea & Backwell

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