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‘Now is the time for the people of Bristol to come together and support our NHS’

By paul kearny, Friday Mar 20, 2020

To the people of Bristol,

You are no doubt well aware that this is a testing time for our NHS here in Bristol and they need our support now more than ever.

As the official charity for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Above & Beyond are standing behind our NHS.

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We do not know how the future will look over the coming days, weeks and months, but what we do know is whatever happens we will be there to support Bristol’s city centre hospitals in whatever way they need.

We are speaking with the Trust every day to find new ways to support them, including a wellbeing trolley stocked with toiletries, drinks and snacks for staff who cannot get away, and store cards allowing staff to make urgent purchases.

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all of the staff and volunteers currently working tirelessly within the NHS. The way they are handling this ever-changing situation is a testament to every individual currently protecting our health and the health of our families.

We know many of you are looking for ways to help in what feels like a helpless situation. Making a donation to Above & Beyond will enable us to continue to be there for our hospitals in whatever way they need.

Now is the time for the people of Bristol to come together and support our NHS, support the most vulnerable members of our community, and support each other.

Best wishes,

Paul Kearney

Paul Kearny is the CEO of Above & Beyond

If you would like to make a donation to support NHS staff through the current period please do so online at or text ABOVE to 70085 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus the standard rate message.

Main photo courtesy of Above & Beyond

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