South Bristol businesses rally round to make Christmas special

December 24 2018

Hampers for two families who are used to giving but not receiving

Bernie Baker
IT'S CHRISTMAS – and some lovely local businesses have supported our Hamper Appeal.
We wanted to give a reward to the kind of people who are always giving their time to others but don't ask anything for themselves.
And with the help of South Bristol Voice readers we have found two worthy winners – one for our Totterdown edition and one for our Bedminster edition.
Bernie Baker is well known to everyone who visits the St Peter's hospice charity shop in Totterdown where gives her time as a volunteer, as does her son Paul.
She always thinking of others and our sources told us that she's frequently buying flowers for other people from Floriography, nearby on Wells Road.
Today we gave Bernie some flowers of her own from Floriography as well as lots of other gifts – chocolate, wine, biscuits, cake and more, donated by Greenwoods Property Centre, Fox & West, Floriography and even a free cycle service from Sully's Cycles (which is going to one of Bernie's two other sons).
"I can't believe it," Bernie kept saying as she picked up all her presents.
Also very surprised to be on the receiving end are Chris and Alan Pratley of Ashton Vale.
Chris and Alan were nominated for all the work they do with members of Ashton Vale Together for the local community, as well as being involved with the Greater Bedminster Older People's Forum, and other organisations. They also look after their adult son, Jason.
The Pratleys are now also overflowing with chocolates, gifts and wine thanks to many generous businesses on North Street – Ashton Fruit Shop, CJ Hole, Ocean, Northwoods, Compuwave, Bristol Residential Lettings, Hobbs House bakery and Connells.
Thanks to all the businesses who supported the appeal and Merry Christmas to all our readers and advertisers!