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Donation Update January 2019

Events Posted on Wed, January 16, 2019 11:22:30

Since September Tom Ward has organised events that have raised £8425.76 for the Huntington’s Disease Association.
The collections at Asda in September and December resulted in the Bristol branch receiving £1911.02.
The tractor pull and charity day and various other donations raised a further £6514.74 that went to head office to be used for national projects.
Tom says it was a long journey but well worth it and he plans to start fund raising again in the Summer so keep an eye on our events page.

Collection at Asda in Bedminster Saturday 15th December 2018

Events Posted on Mon, December 17, 2018 19:56:31

Tom Ward and friends organised another collection at the Asda store in Bedminster.

We were a little short of helpers this time as some of the volunteers had succumbed to a bug that is doing the rounds. However we like to think that what we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality!

We helped shoppers unload their trolleys or pack their groceries into bags in return for a donation. Many shoppers were happy for the help and even those who declined help usually put money into our collection buckets.

We also took the opportunity to spread the word about Huntington’s Disease, the work the Bristol branch does and the research that is going on to find a cure.

Thanks to Tom and all the helpers and also Brenda and the Asda till staff, who looked after us all. And a big thank you to the generous shoppers of Bedminster for their support.

Christmas Lunch Saturday 1st December 2018

Events Posted on Sat, December 01, 2018 20:40:49

We held our Christmas Lunch and draw at the BAWA club on Southmead Road, Bristol.

This is one of our annual get-togethers rather than a fund raising event, it’s a chance to catch up with old friends and start the Christmas season properly.

The meal and service was first class and the staff at BAWA looked after us in their usual professional manner.

Thanks to donations we had some very nice prizes in the Christmas draw and the list of winners is below.

Patchwork Suede Holdall Nicky Hall
£20 Mall Voucher Sarah Bywater
Quality Street Dennis Norman
Meal for 2 at the Bird in the Hand Chris Cox
Aztec Hotel Spa Day Kevin Sheen
Bottle of White Wine Barbara Clouton
£20 Mall Voucher Sarah Brereton
Celebrations Elizabeth Stubbs
Christmas Hamper T Buston
Bottle of Jack Daniels Liam Marsh
Bottle of Gin Jane Counsell
Cider Debbie Nicholls
Preserves & Pickles Hamper Margaret Venn
Bottle of Red Wine Chris Beresford-Smith
Lego Stuart Law
Meal for 4 at the New Inn Amy Marsh
Bottle of Port John Ward
Fleece Blanket Pamela Harrington
Four Beers Lee Chalkley
Biscuits Elizabeth Stubbs
Lynx Set Corrina Gillman
Smellies Karen Fletcher
Celebrations Jo Noviss
Mulled Wine Jan Ashton
Drinking Chocolate & Mug Lesley Dufty
Xylophone Caterpillar Rosemary Webber
Christmas Apron Doris Fletcher
Style Lab Cosmetic Set Bud Dutton
Saltford Singers Tickets Mary Whittington
Trinket Box Sandra Dufty
Wheeled Holdall Barbara TG
1 Month Active Membership Heather Thomas
Pair of Elves Robin Thomas
Disc Golf Voucher for 4 Jason Dufty

Christmas Card Sale Saturday 17th November 2018

Events Posted on Sat, December 01, 2018 19:55:39

Heather and Debbie organised a Christmas Card Sale at Cabot Court. We were treated to hot drinks and mince pies and there was even a “Guess the weight of the cake” competition.

In all we managed to raise £73.10 for the Bristol branch of the Huntington’s Disease Association so well done to all those who helped.

Quiz Friday 6th November 2018

Events Posted on Sat, December 01, 2018 18:21:29

We held a quiz night at the Begbrook Social Club, on Frenchay Park Road in Stapleton, to raise funds for the Huntington’s Disease Association.

This was a new venue for us and the staff at the club were very helpful and made us feel welcome. As it was a charity event, the club provided the room free of charge which meant that what we raised that evening was all profit.

There was a bar and Pam provided some lovely rolls so we were all well looked after.

Teams paid a fee to enter the quiz and we also held a raffle to boost funds. The result on the night was a magnificent £338 that will go towards helping our families in and around Bristol.

Many thanks to all those who helped organise the event and also to our wonderful quiz master, Alan.

As we all know, it’s the taking part that matters but for those interested in the final scores…

Team Name Score
Hungry Hippos 54.5
Ever Hopefuls 53.5
Accidenal Snakebites 52
The Quiz Team in Need 51.5
Clueless 51
Daves Dollies 50.5
The Greenways 48
Midsomer Mums 47.5
Golden Oldies 47
Sherlock Gnomes 45.5
A Man and Three Ladies 44.5
The Flight 43
The D*ckheads 37
Shrek 33
Lucky Thirteens 30.5
Dumb Nuts 25
The Fluffettes 18.5

Charity Day Saturday 6th October 2018

Events Posted on Mon, October 08, 2018 17:52:42

The management and patrons of the Colosseum Public House in Redcliffe Hill held a charity day to support the Huntington’s Disease Association.

Following a safety briefing from the organiser, Tow Ward, they pulled an agricultural tractor from the top of East Street in Bedminster to St Mary Redcliffe Church. Originally the pull was to include a trailer but due to the cold, wet and slippery conditions it was decided to just pull the tractor – a mere 8 tonnes!

We did slow down the flow of traffic in the area for about 45 minutes but the honks from local motorists were definitely of the supportive kind. Congratulations to the marshalls, the pullers and the collectors, who all got very wet but stuck to the task! Thanks to them the people of Bedminster are certainly more aware of Huntington’s Disease.

After the tractor pull we all returned to the Colosseum to dry off, warm up and sample the delights of the Colosseum bar. We were fed by two wonderful ladies with a hog roast and entertained with karaoke.

There was also a raffle and an auction with some wonderful sporting memorabilia.

If you couldn’t make it to the event, there is a Just Giving page for donations at,

Silent Auction Friday 28th September 2018

Events Posted on Thu, October 04, 2018 20:46:51

Our Silent Auction was held at Keynsham Rugby Club and, as well as having the opportunity to bid for some fabulous items, there was a bar, buffet and entertainment.

The auction items were displayed on a long table and the auction began at 7pm. If you fancied a particular item then you could write your bidding number and bid on the associated card. However you need to keep an eye on the table as, while you were having a drink or something to eat, someone else could be upping the bid on your item. As you do not have to identify yourself on the bidding card, you also have to be wary of bidding against your companions!

We were entertained during the event by Rachel, Ashton and Mark singing as Dolly Parton, Billie Holiday and Kenny Rogers respectively.

The auction raised over £600 for the branch to use towards the support of Huntington’s Disease families in Bristol and the surrounding area.

Special thanks must go to Penny, who gathered most of the items for the auction and to everyone else who helped with the preparation and on the night.

Also many thanks to Jenna and the staff at Keynsham Rugby Club for helping to make it such a successful event.

Collection at Asda in Bedminster Saturday 22nd September 2018

Events Posted on Mon, September 24, 2018 10:18:03

Tom Ward managed to gather together family, friends and supporters for a collection at the Asda store in Bedminster.

There were 3 generations of willing helpers with ages ranging from 13 to 62. We helped shoppers with their food packing and also collected at the entrances.

Although the main objective was to raise money to support the work of the HDA we also had the chance to spread the word about Huntington’s Disease.
Everyone was still smiling at the end of the day as you can see from the photo, including the two shorter members of our team on the extreme right of the picture!

Tom has since reported that we raised almost £1000 on the day and he has generously made this up to a £1000 donation to the HDA.

Many thanks to Tom and all the helpers and also Brenda from Asda, who looked after us all. And a big thank you to the generous shoppers of Bedminster for their support.

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