Newsletter 65

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we welcomed one guest, Tony Goring of the charity Motivation - and our speaker Sue Turner from Quartet Community Trust, Bristol.

Frances Perkins

We are sorry to hear of the sad loss of Frances Perkins. Her son, Rupert Perkins has informed that the funeral will take place at All Saints’ Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, at 12.30 hours on Friday 27th October.  Rupert especially asked to convey his thanks to club members for the kindness and helpfulness shown towards his parents.

Our best wishes to Andy Cavanna who is unwell and we wish him a speedy recovery.


Rotarians may be interested in the film ‘Breathe’

Breathe, stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy and is based on the true story of Robin Cavendish who became a world-renown advocate for the disabled after being diagnosed with polio, aged 28. You can see a trailer here:


  • 24 October 2017 – World Polio Day  - providing awareness of End Polio Now. The University of Bristol will light up the Wills Tower on the 24th October as a big purple pinkie for Polio Day.
  • We are pleased to announce that the October Bucket Collections at Moscow State Circus involved about fifty Rotarians and raised about £1,600 split between the seven clubs who took part.
  • October 23rd Nigel Harradine’s lunchtime concert at St Stephens in aid of First Chance Nepal. Please see right for more details.
  • Antony Alderson gave details of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition Heat that we are hosting at Henleaze United Reform Church on 17 November. He will be looking for volunteers to help and has fifty tickets to sell at £5 each. It is always an enjoyable evening.
  • 23 November –The performance of Romeo and Juliet by Elmfield School for the Deaf as part of the Shakespeare in Schools Festival.
  • 2 December Christmas party at St Mary’s Church
  • 9 December – Visit to Aviation Museum

Sue Turner, this week's speaker  

Sue Turner, is the Chief Executive Officer at Quartet Foundation, where her role involves leading the growth of this highly respected Community Foundation which works with people, companies and trusts to ensure their donations make a real difference to people’s lives across the West of England.

Sue told her own story about being given an opportunity to get a good education that was paid for by someone outside her family. This enabled her to get to University and provided a platform for what has clearly been a successful career.

Community foundations evolved,in the USA  from the Cleveland Foundation and its founder, Frederick Gough, and his bold vision to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single permanent endowment for the betterment of the city (now valued at US $1.8 billion).

The main focus at Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England, giving as many people as possible the chance to fulfil their potential. They do this by working closely with a wide variety of donors to harness their passion for helping others and match it to vital projects that meet community aspirations and make a profound difference to people’s lives.

Quartet is an independent charity and company limited by guarantee. Originally founded in November 1986 as the Greater Bristol Trust, they serve a population of about 1.1 million people in the four unitary authority areas of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Originally sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers despite initial soundings in which local business was heavily unsupportive. It is now in Top 20 endowed grantmaking organisations

They have made a total of £43m grants; the Foundation has an endowment fund of £27m and makes about 1,000 grants a year totalling about £2.87m. 

The Foundation has produced a recent report entitled Vital Signs providing a detailed analysis of needs across Bristol evidencing a disturbing amount of mental health issues. See the video showing the difference to people’s lives in the past 30 years

Sue also referred to The Public Services (Social Value) Act, which came into force on 31 January 2013. This requires people who commission public services to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits. A fund with Quartet CF can help with this.

Tony Goring, the Fundraising officer for Motivation, and is looking for help

As part of Motivation’s  UK Aid Match Appeal running from December to March, where every £1 raised in sponsored fundraising events will be matched £1 for £1 by the UK Government, we are recruiting 10 people to take part in a very exciting sponsored 10 day trek to Mt. Kenya, and to visit one of our longest-running projects in Nairobi in February next year.

With the deadline fast approaching, our target audience for participants is individuals who could raise the required £5,000 with ease from their social and business peers over a short period of time. The cost of the trek is almost £3,000, so with the additional £2,000 raised, each individual can raise £4,000 in sponsorship through the UK Aid Match funding.

If you know of somebody that might fit the bill (so to speak), please let me know, and if you could promote this trek through your own contacts I’d appreciate your support

It would help us engage with individuals who might be interested in taking part in an exciting challenge that are currently beyond our reach

By the way, participants do not need to be super-fit mountain climbers, and the challenge is open to everybody; so if you think there might be somebody who would relish the chance to see the world from the top of Mt. Kenya and is in a position to raise the £5,000 with ease, Contact Tony if you can help

Family Fun Day

Thanks so much to everyone who made this day go with a swing for young carers and their families. 22 families had a fabulous time at the mad hatters tea party!



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Moscow State Circus

We are pleased to announce that the October Bucket Collections raised approx £1,600. A big thank you to all who supported this fundraising event to help the homeless in Bristol.

The online donations page is still open. We are still some way off our £5,000 target, so any donations will be very gratefully received. Please click here to visit our donations page.

Nigel Harradine’s lunchtime concert

Nigel is giving another lunchtime recital on Monday October 23rd at St Stephens church in the centre of Bristol.
This one is in aid of First Chance Nepal which provides much needed support for adults in Nepal with physical disabilities. David Harradine founded this charity with two physiotherapists whom he met when working in Nepal with children with disabilities. They realised the absence of support for adults with the same range of problems. 
This support is enormously valuable in a country where the state is able to provide almost nothing, especially following the devastating  earthquake and recent floods.
The concert starts at 1.00 pm and lasts about 35 minutes. Everyone is very welcome. Please let Nigel know if you plan to come.


Next weeks meeting

25th October

Lydia McGivern of Above & Beyond

Working with inspirational local people, their vision is to raise funds to ensure patient care is the very best it can be in Bristol city centre hospitals. They aim to make a difference to every patient and every condition.