Newsletter 66

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This morning we welcomed Lydia McGivern of the charity Above and Beyond.


  • 23 November 2017 – Shakespeare in Schools Production
  • 4 November 2017 – Bristol Rotary Club Centenary Dinner
  • 2 December 2017 – Club Christmas Party
  • 9 December 2017 – Visit to Aviation Museum
  • 17 February 2018 – Birdwatching on River Exe
  • 23-25 March 2018 – District Conference – Bournemouth
  • 7 April 2018 – Know Your Blood Pressure – Cabot Circus
  • 4-6 May 2018 – President’s Weekend – Gower

District Conference, 23-25 March 2018

A number of members have shown interest in going to the conference in March 2018.

If you would like to attend please let Steve Livings know as soon as possible.

BICC Bournemouth Conference Hotel - The Hermitage (now fully booked) 

  • Friday Night - Music for all Tastes - an evening of entertainment
  • Saturday night - Gala Dinner and Dance with Mid Life Crisis 

Speakers include:

  • Quentin Letts - Journalist and novelist (Daily Mail)
  • Professor Sharon Turnbull - The Changing World of NGO Management
  • Steve Dayman - Founder, Meningitis Now
  • Let's Hear  - Tim Mason 
  • Bill Coombes - National Administration NASA

Click here to download the flyer and booking form.

World Polio Day 24 October 2017

To mark the day the University of Bristol Wills Tower was illuminated purple.

Tuesday marked Rotary International's fifth annual World Polio Day, co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and there is much cause for celebration: It is very possible that 2017 may see the end of the wild poliovirus — nearly two years earlier than Bill Gates predicted.

"What we're looking at now is sort of the endgame of polio eradication," says Dr. Jay Wenger, who leads the Gates Foundation's polio eradication efforts. "We are closer than ever, and we're optimistic that we can see the end of wild poliovirus disease by as early as this year," he said.

According to Dr. Wenger, there are only 12 known cases of the wild poliovirus in existence today, in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. "In the last couple of years, we've seen unprecedented progress. In 2015 we could only find 74 cases; in 2016 we found 37, and then this year so far we've found only 12 in only two countries."

The reason: a mass immunization effort to orally vaccinate 2.5 billion children in 122 countries, bolstered by the 1988 launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The first initiative to wipe out polio through mass vaccination of children began in 1985 with the launch of PolioPlus by Rotary International. The first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, PolioPlus had an initial fundraising target of $120 million and a goal of vaccinating all of the world's children by 2005.

The charity fundraises for Bristol city centre hospitals within the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol). These are eight hospitals contained within the trust: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Haemotogy and Oncology Centre, Children’s Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Dental Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

The mission is to make a real difference to patients, their families and the staff who treat them and with the generosity of donors and supporters they fundraise to:

  • Create welcoming environments.
  • Provide state of the art equipment.
  • Fund innovative research.
  • Support staff training and development.


The surroundings where patients are treated have a significant impact on how they feel which has a major influence on their recovery. It is not just about comfort and distraction, which are important; it is about a positive and welcoming space that gives confidence in the care they receive. 

Above & Beyond help by upgrading existing spaces, providing artwork and creating new spaces such as private rooms or visitor lounges. This creates a calm, relaxed and less clinical feel, for a more pleasant and comforting atmosphere, which benefits patients, their families and visitors, and staff. The spaces that we help provide are fit to match the outstanding care provided by staff.


Technology and medical advancement is moving so fast that equipment can very quickly become outdated. The NHS can only afford to replace equipment every seven to ten years, so Above & Beyond help by providing funds to purchase state of the art equipment, ensuring patients get the very best treatment.

Funds provided by Above & Beyond help to save lives and offer a better quality of life, thanks to less invasive surgical techniques, quicker diagnosis and treatment. This reduces length of hospital stay and speeds up recovery, resulting in better patient outcomes.

Caring for Staff

They are proud to support all staff at the University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust NHS (UH Bristol). The video funded by Above & Beyond portrays life in the hospitals. 

NHS staff work with all patients, in all stages of illness, in often demanding and stressful situations. Their commitment to providing the best quality of care, finding the best treatments, and being able to share their expertise, are all vital to our healthcare system. Continued education and development, support, recognition and motivation for all staff is often difficult on restricted NHS budgets. 

Above & Beyond has a key part to play by supporting staff training and development, celebrating excellence and recognising success, which encourages team work and rewards staff teams for their extraordinarily hard work. 

Innovative Research

University Hospitals Bristol lead and contribute to world-class medical research studies to drive the very best treatment and care. Research is essential to advance patient care, help scientists better understand diseases and discover new and improved treatments.

Research is expensive which is where Above & Beyond help. By funding innovative studies new research can benefit the patients of today and tomorrow.

  • For every £1 that we invest into research, a further £16 is attracted in new, larger grants.
  • Funds provided go towards research project costs and funding individual researchers.

Join the club...

Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
If you'd like to come along to a Wednesday morning meeting please email us at

Know Your Blood Pressure

Advanced notice that we are running a "Know Your Blood Pressure" event on April 7th 2018 at Cabot Circus.

If you would like to find out more about the Stroke Foundation campaign please visit 

There will be more details about the event nearer the time.