23 September 2021

Above & Beyond has joined forces with two other health organisations in Bristol on a new programme of support to benefit thousands in the community.

Above & Beyond, Southmead Hospital Charity and Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) have received a grant from NHS Charities Together to support ten different projects across the city.

Projects include at-home monitoring equipment for people with heart conditions, arts programmes for people with chronic illnesses and boat-building workshops for the communities most affected by Covid-19.

The projects will benefit more than 100,000 people in Bristol and beyond, including those with dementia, inflammatory rheumatic disease and childhood trauma.

It is the first time the three organisations have worked together in this way.

Sarah Pryer, Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Above & Beyond, said: “These projects will have a significant impact on people from all walks of life across Bristol.

As the NHS charity for Bristol’s central hospitals, we’re looking forward to helping to alleviate some of the pressure our NHS faces by helping people in the community stay physically and mentally well.

“A huge thank you goes to NHS Charities Together for making this work possible.”

Professor David Wynick, Director of Bristol Health Partners AHSC, said: “Many of these exciting new projects will be delivered by our Health Integration Teams, made up of people from our local hospitals and councils, voluntary and community groups, our CCG, universities, patients, the public and carers.

“We’re looking forward to harnessing their expertise to help even more people across Bristol improve their health and wellbeing, and we would like to thank NHS Charities Together for the opportunity to do so.”

Shiona MacPherson, Trusts Manager at Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “Having already witnessed the impact of our arts programmes for people managing chronic illnesses, we know just how life-changing these projects will be. 

“Thanks to NHS Charities Together and our partners across the city, we can now extend these ground-breaking approaches to even more patients. We’re looking forward to seeing the real, meaningful difference the vast array of projects will make to people across Bristol.”

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