John James Court Manager Georgina Ferron and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the fourth John James commemorative board. John James Court Retirement Housing opened in 1984 in Lockleaze, Bristol and is named after John James himself. The housing consists of 34 one bedroom flats, housing people aged 65 and upwards. The Foundation have supported John James Court for many years, with donations towards Christmas Parties, transport for residents to do their shopping, and paying for the WiFi in the building for all residents to access.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are, as part of a global volunteer network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. British Red Cross help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities. The Foundation awarded the British Red Cross £1,500 towards the First Call Service supporting older people within the City of Bristol. First Call service Bristol provides practical and emotional support over the phone and/or at home, from one-off telephone calls for advice and guidance, up to on-going visits at home.
Photo credit: Patrick Harrison/ BRC
Life Cycle UK is a registered charity that has been transforming lives through cycling since 1999. The Foundation awarded Life Cycle UK £7,500 towards the Bike Back Bristol project Bike Back Bristol is an innovative bicycle refurbishment project run by Life Cycle UK, in partnership with HMP Bristol. Life Cycle takes donations of unwanted bicycles from the public and teaches prisoners at HMP Bristol the mechanic skills to strip down, repair and rebuild them. Once fixed, bikes are sold on at affordable prices to help people on lower incomes to get a bike, start cycling and reduce their transport costs.
The Foundation’s Vice-Chair John Haworth and Chief Executive Louise Hanson visited members of the Bowel Cancer Research Group at Bristol University, to mark 20 years of research funding. The association with the Foundation started back in 1998 with the Bristol Beating Bowel Cancer Campaign, which raised money to re-model and refurbish laboratory space on G-floor of the Biomedical Sciences Building, Bristol. Since then the Foundation has supported the work of many postgraduate students of Bristol’s Bowel Cancer Research group led by Profs Ann Williams and Chris Paraskeva.
Citizens Advice Bristol opened its doors for the first time on 19th April 1977. 40 years on they still offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone living, working or visiting Bristol. Last year they managed 36,000 different issues for their clients. The Foundation awarded £25,000 towards the costs of recruiting and training volunteers to meet the changing needs of the population of Bristol.
A snapshot of recent activity at the Foundation.