Introducing our 2022 Christmas Appeal: Southmead Never Stops


We are thrilled to have launched our Christmas Appeal, calling on people across Bristol and beyond to support our patients, their families and the staff who care for them.  

This Christmas, we are inviting you to walk a day in the shoes of one of our Porters, Neal, and witness the acts of kindness they see every day in their journeys across our hospitals.  

In Neal’s words

“Working in a hospital teaches you a lot about life. You learn that no matter how hard you work, there is always more to be done; more people to help, more families to celebrate new life with, and comfort through loss. You learn it’s about the journey, not the destination. Most of all, you learn you can be so much stronger when leaning on those around you.

“That’s what this Christmas Appeal is all about, showing just how many people are involved in one patient’s care and how when we work together with other teams across the hospital that we make the biggest difference to the patients and families we care for every single day.”   

Circular photo of Neal in red drawn bauble

The other faces you’ll meet

Along the way, you’ll also see Emergency Zone Receptionist Margaret, Biomedical Scientist Megan, Volunteer Ron and many other staff who make a patient’s treatment possible.  

Thanks to our Pathologists, our Doctors are able to diagnose. A diagnosis means our Pharmacists can choose the right medication. With the right medication, our Healthcare Assistants and our Nurses can care for patients as best they can. 

Thanks to people like David, 15,000 pieces of post are delivered every day. Then there’s Efie and her team in the kitchens, who cook 3,000 nutritious meals a day, keeping patients fed with delicious food. Just as much of the work done in our homes to make Christmas special is unseen, so much of the care that goes into a patient’s stay at Southmead Hospital is behind the scenes. 

Why your support this Christmas is so important 

Being in hospital is never easy, especially at Christmas. We know that while our patients stand the best chance of getting better staying here, they want to be at home with friends and family. For the 12,000 staff working around the clock to make sure Southmead never stops, they do all they can to make them feel at home as possible. It’s thanks to you, that May, David, Megan and 12,000 other hardworking staff can go the extra mile for patients, at Christmas and any other time of year. 

By donating this Christmas, you’ll be helping our huge team of passionate people at Southmead Hospital do even more for patients and families. To donate, click the button below.

Thank you for your support – it makes a huge difference to our patients, their families and our staff.

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