National Friendly, our amazing fundraising partner, has launched an exclusive competition in partnership with The Bristol Hippodrome to support the Long-Covid research happening right here at Southmead Hospital.
Five lucky families will win four tickets each to performances of the Snow White & The Seven Dwarves pantomime. It stars Lesley Joseph, Rob Rinder and Andy Ford.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question:
“What fruit does the wicked queen give to Snow White?’’
The winning tickets mean families can attend one of the following performances:
Entries will close at 5pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021.
The competition is part of a fundraising appeal by National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome, which aims to raise £30,000 for our Long-Covid research by February 2022. As well as the competition, audiences at shows including ‘Riverdance – the New 25th Anniversary Show’ and the West End & Broadway hit musical ‘Hairspray’ will be able to donate to our research through contactless devices.
If you’d like to donate to the National Friendly’s fundraising efforts with The Bristol Hippodrome, you can do so on their dedicated campaign page.
Kurtis Reece, National Friendly’s PR & Strategic Partnerships Executive explained why they are backing our efforts to understand more about the virus. “We have been helping people to prepare for life’s contingencies for over 150 years, by insuring people’s health and providing them with protection. So, looking after those around us, especially within our hometown of Bristol, is the very essence of who we are.
“Our aim is to make a real difference to people’s lives and this partnership with The Bristol Hippodrome to raise funds for Southmead Hospital Charity will help do just that.”
Ben Phillips, The Bristol Hippodrome’s Theatre Director, told us what it means to be supporting the Long-Covid research here at Southmead Hospital. “We have a really exciting roster of shows over the next 12 months and we look forward to working with National Friendly and Southmead Hospital to support this crucial research into Long-Covid.
“Our theatre is a place of happiness, so it’s been difficult throughout the pandemic not being able to offer any of the wonderful live entertainment we host here. We know that by understanding more about Covid-19, we can take steps to prevent its spread, so we can continue to do what we do best – bring delight and culture to the city we love and those who live here.”
Every hospital treatment starts with research. From treating infections and cancer to pioneering surgery and complex critical care, modern medicine is what it is today because of research. The support of partners like National Friendly and the Bristol Hippodrome can help the hundreds of expert researchers at Southmead Hospital turn pioneering discoveries into real treatments and in time, hopefully help people across the world suffering from Long-Covid.
The symptoms of Long-Covid can be wide-ranging, long-lasting and for some, life-changing. To control Coronavirus, researchers must develop their knowledge of how the virus spreads, the symptoms it causes and its long-term impact. The research happening here at Southmead will play an important role in that.
National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome know just how important it is to support the local community they serve and we are incredibly grateful for their support.
Make sure you enter the competition before it closes on 7 December!