Brunel Professions has shown true community spirit by raising funds for a Bristol-based suicide prevention charity which has been struggling in the pandemic with increased demand and reduced funds.

Brunel are dedicated to supporting local charities, running regular charity campaigns, with their intention to run at least one campaign per quarter.

Brunel chose SPB (Suicide Prevention Bristol), because of their outstanding dedication to helping those in desperate need, which has been stretched further by the current pandemic. SPB are a team of volunteers that patrol well-known suicide hot-spots in Bristol to talk to people and help anyone that may be looking to end their life, by providing support and a listening ear.

Brunel had seen SPB’s recent social media updates, stating that not only were they seeing more incidents that warranted more volunteers and patrols to be taken on, but also that their donation-only charity was running at an all-time low with their funds. Determined to ensure that SPB can continue their essential, life-saving work, Brunel set about organising an online event in order to raise much needed funds for the charity.

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The charity will receive a total of £1302, which will allow them to continue with their vital, life-saving work, ensuring that those in the most desperate need receive kindness and support.

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The benefits of the event were two fold – it would provide an opportunity for colleagues to socialise in a safe way, whilst raising vital funds for a very worthy cause.

The company held the online charity event via zoom on Wednesday 17th March which was a huge success. The event featured a game of bingo where players could stand to win £30, £50, and £120; these prizes were donated by Brunel. Following the bingo was a raffle, with a huge array of prizes donated by various nationwide businesses, and businesses local to Bristol who were keen to donate and help boost raffle ticket sales.

The event was organised entirely by the marketing team – Faye Maguire, Laura Owen, and Summer De Winnaar, who often worked in their own time to ensure that it was a success.

The combination of bingo and charity ticket sales raised a total of £1,302 for SPB.

Dylan Hughes, director at Brunel Professions said,

“Brunel Professions advocate supporting our local charities. Every year we raise much needed funds to help where we can. We are extremely proud to be supporting SPB this time around. Their dedication and selflessness to supporting those in need is truly commendable. Mental health is such an important issue that has been even further heightened by the current pandemic. I feel grateful that we have been able to help in this very difficult time and I am so proud of everyone who has contributed.”

Michael Everett, founder of SPB said,

“Suicide Prevention Bristol would like to say a huge thank you to Brunel Professions for their amazing work in fundraising for us. They have raised over £1,300! All this money goes directly into saving lives and will enable us to continue our lifesaving work across the city. We’re so grateful.”

The charity will receive a total of £1302, which will allow them to continue with their vital, life-saving work, ensuring that those in the most desperate need receive kindness and support.

Brunel would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to our raffle:

  • Experiencedays.co.uk
  • Pink Kitten Dance School
  • Wild Pizza Co.
  • West Country Beer
  • Bar 44 Bristol 
  • Baillies Bridgwater 
  • The Duck and Willow, Bristol
  • Cubanos Juice & Coffee House, Bristol
  • The Coconut Tree, Bristol
  • The Ill Repute, Bristol
  • Shake Wrap & Roll, Bristol
  • Yogafurie, Bristol
  • Dalia Cocina, Keynsham