“Through the power of sport, Bristol Bears Community Foundation aims to inspire every young and older person it works with helping them to unlock their potential. The vast majority of our work targets those young and older people that live in some of the most disadvantaged wards in the country, let alone the South West, and has been recognised nationally on a number of occasions for the life changing impact it has had.
The impact of COVID-19 on all of our lives has been significant but this is likely to be felt even more by many of our participants across our community programmes. The ‘gap of inequality’ is widening but Bristol Bears Community Foundation is doing what it can to support remotely the young and older people we work with as well as working hard to ensure the future of our programmes that are driven by the needs of those across our community. The real issue, as is the case with many other businesses and charities, is the grim financial climate we face beyond the end of August when we normally return to a new academic and financial year after a typically fruitful summer of fundraising and other revenue generating activities. ‘Break the Cycle’ is the principal fundraising event during this time and not running the event in any form would have dire consequences for some of our programmes that rely on the support generated by everyone involved; stadium, sponsors, riders, staff, and a small army of volunteers.
All funds raised by the wonderful people who have already, and those that will get involved in #BreakTheCycle2020 will be used to support the amazing work of my foundation colleagues at this time but even more so when we return to the everyday delivery of our life changing programmes.”
Craig Capel, Bristol Bears Community Foundation
We have included some case studies below to show you some of the wonderful work carried out by the Bristol Bears Community Foundation, that you can support: