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The Mayor's Charities

The Chair of Council/Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Tony Griffiths has chosen the following organisations/groups as his Mayor's Charities for 2022/23, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and St Peter's Hospice. All money raised during Town Council community events that take place in the town during the year are donated to the Mayor's Charity.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity logo

Our Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) Critical Care Team stand ready to save the lives of local people.

We provide emergency care to people who are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills of our team at the scene of the accident or medical incident. Though we are part of the regional 999 response service and work closely with NHS hospitals, we are a charity entirely funded by local people just like you.

GWAAC saves lives across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire.

Without you, we couldn't do it. It's your support that allow us to keep the air ambulance going, so our team can keep saving lives.

We don't simply fly people to the nearest hospital. Our priority is to get to the patient fast. We treat people at the scene, on the road and in the air, providing complex interventions to stabilise and treat the patient and give them the best chance of a positive outcome. The service we provide is reliant on our brilliant team of pilots, Advanced and Specialist Paramedics and Consultant Doctors who specialise in pre-hospital care.

To the residents of Bradley Stoke and surrounding communities: you can scan our website for fundraising ideas, set up a fundraising page (really easily!) for your bake sale/walking challenge through Enthuse here, and make a significant difference for people in our shared community.

Thank you all so much!


St Peter's Hospice

St Peter's Hospice logo

Everyone with a life limiting illness deserves access to the best possible care and to live their final days with dignity.

Every year St Peter's Hospice makes a difference in the lives of thousands of patients and their families when it matters most. Whether that is help managing pain, bereavement support or providing relief from symptoms, the hospice team works 24/7 to support individuals and families as they navigate the challenges of living with a life limiting illness.

Our Inpatient Unit is a state-of-the-art centre of clinical excellence, that was built with the generous support of the people of Bristol. Beyond our Inpatient Unit, you'll find our team in homes and on the phone 24/7. More recently in response to the pandemic we have moved some services online to continue support for our patients.

When many people think of hospice care, they picture going somewhere to be looked after during the last days of their life. They're not wrong – we do offer inpatient care. But many St Peter's Hospice patients receive our care over several months in the comfort of their own homes, while others might join our virtual groups. We recognise that people's needs can change over time - that's why our range of services offer different types of support at different times.

No matter what form our support takes, people’s individual needs are at the heart of that support.

The Hospice is also a centre of educational excellence, and we teach other healthcare professionals about how to care for people at the end of their lives, supporting the NHS and care homes provide end of life care. However, despite being a front-line service, only 22% of our funding comes from the NHS. The rest is raised in our community.

All this work would not be possible without the support of you, our wonderful community. Every time you shop with us, donate, take part in an event, sponsor a friend or volunteer with us, you make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community. We cannot thank you enough.


Photo of gardens at St Peter's Hospice

Introducing Puppy Jack – Dogs For Good Puppy Sponsorship – one of Councillor Michael Hill's Mayor's Charities for 2021/22

Photo of Jack, a Black Labrador puppy

I am delighted to introduce Jack, a very cute and lively Black Labrador, born on the 27th March 2022. Jack is currently living with puppy socialiser Shirley in the West Midlands and has an exciting time ahead with lots to learn and experience before returning to Banbury at around the age of fourteen months to meet his trainer.

Jack is a special puppy as his mum, Vista, is one of the Charity’s own brood bitches. We currently have 15 brood bitches that live in volunteers homes and are cared for according to the highest welfare and breeding standards. Each brood bitch will have a maximum of four litters before retiring. Once they’ve retired they will continue to live with their volunteer family.

With guidance and love from Shirley and her family, together with the technical support from our puppy and training teams, Jack will develop the skills he needs for his important future role of providing the gift of independence to someone. Of course, none of this would be possible without your help. I hope you will enjoy following his progress.

For further information, please download the following documents:

An update on Jack - 14th June 2022

We just wanted to send you some recent photos on Jack. He really is very cute and his puppy socialiser Shirley has sent the following settling in update on him:

“Since arriving with us Jack has had a few visitors and I’m starting as I mean to go on, Jack is learning that he’ll only get a fuss if he has all four paws on the ground and sitting down is even better! Our puppy coordinator, Helen came to visit and both she and I were surprised at how calm Jack was, the lure of a bit of chicken was greater than her!!!

Within two days Jack was responding to a recall, even if I’m half way down the garden he will come rushing when called. He is very much of a foodie so this will make training much easier. We will continue with the recall and he is making good progress even coming when he can’t see me and I’m out of sight in another room.

He seems to like soft toys and although to start with he didn’t have a clue about retrieving he is now enthusiastically running off to get a soft toy or squeaky object and bringing it back. The next thing to work on is for him to give up the toy when asked but it is early days yet.

As Jack has only just his second injection he has not been off the premises yet. He is far too heavy to carry any distance, but using the front drive he has watched cars going past and has seen a motorbike. He has learnt to walk nicely at my side on a loose lead, (started this in the back garden without a lead). He has become used to being in the boot of the car while I drive round the drive (the neighbours must think me mad!)

All in all Jack has the makings of a lovely puppy. He listens, loves his food and cuddles but is also quite calm and happy to be left. Not bad for only 2 weeks with us!!!”

Shirley, Puppy Socialiser

Thank you again for all the support of the Town Council which is allowing us to support Jack on his journey to becoming a life changing assistance dog.

Photo of Jack playing the garden
Photo of Jack playing the garden
Photo of Jack playing the garden
Photo of Jack playing the garden
Photo of Jack playing the garden