Bristol Restaurant Backs New City Fundraising Day!

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The Florist on Park Street has become the first business to sign up to Bristol’s new city-wide fundraising event, Bristol Giving Day, hosted by Quartet Community Foundation.  Bristol restaurants are invited to get involved and support an initiative that will directly benefit disadvantaged groups in the local area.

Bristol’s first ever Bristol Giving Day will be held on 10th October 2018. The Chefs’ Forum will celebrate this day in staging a special ‘Spanish Gastronomy’ event at Pata Negra, Clare St where the visiting chefs from all over the city will be asked to donate to the cause on the day or involve their restaurants in this fantastic initiative.

Businesses across the City will be showing they care about disadvantaged people by fundraising on the day for some of the thousands of local charities and good causes across Bristol.

The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation CIC, helping young people ages 14-25 make their way into the hospitality industry is just one of the many organisations designed to help and support local young people.   The Chefs’ Forum welcomes this initiative and help raise the profile of Bristol Giving Day through its work with City of Bristol College and the Bristol hospitality scene.

From adding a voluntary £1 to guests’ bills to a sponsored bike ride, staff at companies of all sizes across the city are using their imagination to come up with ideas to “inspire generocity”.

Businesses can sign up to Bristol Giving Day via the website: www.bristolgivingday.co.uk where they’ll find helpful activity ideas and downloadable branding material.

Funds raised will be used to help people like Miss M – a woman in her 60s with severe mental health issues who spent six months scavenging out of waste bins to survive because she had no income and no-one to support her. Thanks to a grant from Quartet Community Foundation, local charity Age UK Bristol provided her with food, heating and support and stopped her from being evicted.

Sue Turner, Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation (which is organising Bristol Giving Day), commented:

“Thousands of small charities, voluntary organisations and community groups across Bristol spend less than £10,000 a year on the fantastic work they do for disadvantaged local people.  They have no marketing or fundraising departments so they can’t appeal to the public for funds to support them.  We’ve created the first ever Bristol Giving Day to give these local heroes a fair chance of getting support from our City’s generous businesses and their staff.  We’re delighted that The Florist are using their flower power to help people and are the first to sign up to do something fun and raise money for local good causes on Bristol Giving Day.”

Christy Greaves, Sales Manager, The Florist, commented:

“We are delighted to be involved in Bristol Giving Day – an incredible event where we hope to show off the generous spirit of our city!”

For more inspirational stories of lives changed through “inspiring generocity” take a look at: https://quartetcf.org.uk/stories/  Bristol Giving Day provides the unique opportunity for each and every business to make a difference, giving more people here a fair chance of a good life.

Quartet is infinitely grateful to the Bristol Giving Day sponsors: Bank of Ireland UK, Burges Salmon, Unite Students.

 

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