Our partnership with National Friendly
Bristol based insurance company, National Friendly chose Southmead Hospital Charity as their official Charity Partner for 2019, following nominations from their staff who wanted to fundraise in recognition of the support some of their staff had received in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Over the course of the year they organised bake sales and swimathons as well as taking part in recognised events like the Great Bristol 10k and our own Abseil Adventure, as well as a partnership with The Bristol Hippodrome.
They raised more than £26,500 – a fantastic achievement.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility approach is a practical one; we look at ways in which we can make a fundamental difference to our people, our community and the environment.”
Kurtis Reece, Marketing Executive, National Friendly
Southmead Hospital Charity was nominated as Charity of the Year by Sales Support Team Leader Louise Webber whose two sons were born prematurely. Her first born, Cameron, weighed just 1lb 1oz and sadly died at ten hours old and her second son, Brandon, weighed 3lb 9oz.
Louise said: “I have seen first-hand how fantastic the unit is, the money raised by my National Friendly colleagues will give even more local families the same great care that my sons and I received.
“I am still blown away by how the year has gone in terms of the amount raised and also the amazing participation by my friends, family and colleagues.
“I have really enjoyed the fundraising throughout 2019, I know that my son Cameron is looking down knowing that this was also dedicated to his memory.”
Adrian Brown, Southmead Hospital Charity’s Corporate and Community Manager, said: “National Friendly have raised an incredible amount and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support and care that the company and its staff have shown – thank you.
“We’re always so proud of our corporate partners and it’s been a real pleasure to work with National Friendly, who went the extra mile to come up with new ways to support us and have really rallied their staff to get behind this great cause.
“The money raised will be used to support the life-saving work in NICU – funding projects that support parents through what can be a difficult journey as well as new equipment, training and technologies that give poorly and premature babies the best start in life.”
Read more about their year of adventures in fundraising.