Stephen’s story: Lockdown was a chance to give back to the NHS


Following two fundraising challenges, Stephen is now doing the Abseil Adventure to support Southmead Hospital

I’ve been to Southmead Hospital many times and I’m always impressed with the level of service. My wife’s parents support the hospital by volunteering and fundraising for the Charity and I have lots of friends that work there. Southmead Hospital is a huge focal point for our community. It can thrive with the help of fundraisers and donors.

Giving back to my local community

As an avid supporter of the Charity, it was my father-in-law who encouraged me do a skydive in 2019. I’m never one to shy away from an adrenaline rush so it didn’t take much to convince me!

During lockdown last year, I found out about the Red Bull Timelaps virtual cycling event and signed up with friends from my cycling club. It was a chance to keep up my fitness at a time when we were unable to leave our homes for anything but exercise and essentials. It seemed like a perfect time and opportunity to support the NHS so I decided to collect sponsorship. I was overwhelmed by the support we received from family and friends.

Knowing that our fundraising activities help the community in our city is the most enjoyable part of the whole experience. The NHS gives so much to us all, free at the point of the delivery. It continues to provide the very best care to patients and with a little extra help, it can do so much more. As fundraisers and donors, we can make a difference.

Another year, another fundraising challenge

I was keen to do another challenge this year, so I’ve signed up with three friends for the Abseil Adventure in September. We’ll be abseiling 100ft down Southmead Hospital and between us hope to raise as much as we can to support patients and staff. There’s nothing better to motivate you to complete a charity challenge than the thought of the people you can help by doing it. We can’t wait!

Like Stephen, you can sign up to the Abseil Adventure or choose another challenge event to raise money for Southmead Hospital. Please contact Hannah with any queries.

Contact Hannah

Community Fundraising Manager

07920 413700

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

Sign up for email updates