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Yate and District Rotary Club

A Virtual Visit From the Southmead Hospital Charity

Tonight’s guest speaker was Ian Riddell - Community Support Officer and fundraiser for the Southmead Hospital Charity (part of the North Bristol NHS Trust).

With a virtual audience consisting of members from both Yate and Chipping Sodbury Rotary clubs, Ian explained what the charity does and the areas of the hospital it helps to support.

The Southmead Hospital Charity supports five areas:

Research (Including brain tumour and Parkinsons research)

Support for patients (Entertaining and interacting with patients and loaning iPads to patients so they can access the outside world)

Support for staff (Providing staff with access to microwaves, hand cream/moisturiser and a bereavement fund to support families of staff members who have passed away during the COVID crisis)

Equipment (Recent purchases include two state of the art robots to assist in prostate surgery. The hospital will soon be purchasing a digital microscope to aid brain surgery)

Buildings and spaces (Updating buildings. The hospital are in the process of making the building look and feel more welcoming and dementia friendly)

The charity is currently raising funds to investigate the impacts of “Long COVID”.

Ian's talk was very informative and resulted in many questions from those attending. A really enjoyable evening and we thank Ian for giving up his time to speak to us.

To find out more about the charity go to

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