Local charities and businesses welcomed a surprise royal visitor on Bristol Giving Day 2020 on Wednesday 14 October.
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex dropped in on the Bristol Giving Day event organised by Quartet Community Foundation and Chaired by Jamie Cameron from Burges Salmon.
Calling for business support for Bristol’s charitable causes
This year Quartet Community Foundation are using Bristol Giving Day to encourage Bristol businesses to consider how they can give their time, skills and resources to support local charitable causes that are facing enormous financial pressures and growing demand for their services due to Covid-19.
The latest figures show that 80% of all charitable income goes to the largest 4% of charities. Yet local organisations not in the largest 4% are often the ones here to help people in need and they need our help now to support their work.
Now in its third year, Bristol Giving Day 2020 was an online event which shone a light on the great work local charities do all year round, and how they have worked with local businesses to support Bristol through Covid-19.
Bristol Giving Day is organised by Quartet Community Foundation with a range of partners including Burges Salmon.
Bristol charities and businesses shared their stories
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex joined the online event along with Peaches Golding, Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol.
- The Countess of Wessex recognised that there is a lot going on in Bristol and that Bristol Giving Day is a great initiative to devise. She noted that businesses and individuals sometimes find it hard to know how to place their support. She also recognised that those who like to give often get as much as out of the relationship as those receiving and that it is important to make those connections. Lastly, she felt that Bristol Giving Day is something truly special and unique to the City.
- The event Chair, Jamie Cameron from @BurgesSalmon, explained that Bristol Giving Day is about far more than one day, it’s about businesses thinking about how they can make the most of their resources to help the community.
- Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton and Caring in Bristol’s Kat Caldwell shared the story of Cheers Drive, a food provision project that’s feeding 400 people experiencing homelessness daily during Covid-19. Josh spoke about the restaurant trade’s desire to take collaborative action to help people in response to Covid-19. Cheers Drive sprung up overnight in March but was only possible due to the relationships that Caring in Bristol, Josh Eggleton and the Bristol restaurant trade had developed over the last few years.
- Jamie Darwen from UWE Bristol, Ahlan Muhamed, an intern at Babbasa working on development of Babbasa TV, and Precious Onyenekwu Tatah from UWE Equity, a talent programme for BAME students at UWE Bristol, spoke about how students and young people benefit from this special partnership between UWE Equity and Babbasa.
- Bristol City Fund’s John Stienlet spoke about how giving time, pro-bono, can benefit both business and local charities.
Big thanks to all the speakers, Bristol Giving Day supporters and those who joined on the day
We’re really grateful to Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex who gave her time, and also to Bristol’s Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding.
We also want to thank Burges Salmon and especially our event Chair Jamie Cameron who has remained committed to Bristol Giving Day throughout the pandemic.
Our event speakers generously shared their experiences of business-charity relationships, thank you all.
And also to all who came along to the event, we hope you found some inspiration and we’re really grateful for your time and support.
Voluntary organisations in Bristol looking to connect with business or business wanting to find out more about voluntary organisations in Bristol and opportunities to get involved can contact email@example.com