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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 - 9 Months, December 2022

Jack is now almost nine months old and officially a 'teenager'. From the age of six months onwards, the focus for socialiser Helen shifted to transferring the training they have completed at home or in online puppy classes to 'real-life' situations and environments; ensuring Jack returns when called if walking in the park and helping him learn to settle in busy places, such as cafes and restaurants.

“Jack came to us when he was 5 months old. Initially we had planned to be his boarder family but as he became more settled and familiar with our family unit, we chose to become his socialisers. We were quickly persuaded with his cuteness. He has now been with us for 3+ months.

He came to us with some very good discipline and training already instilled and we have continued to maintain this as best as we can, particularly now as he has reached the more challenging teenager stage!!

Jack has settled in well and shares his home with another dog and a cat. Having never lived with other animals he has learnt the pecking order and although he still finds it fun to bark at the cat, the cat stands his ground!

He shows great respect and restraint especially when the other dog eats his food! Jack will sit, wait, and watch and if he is lucky a few bits of kibble may be left for him. I have never known a dog eat food so quickly and anything else he may find on the floor!! He has now learnt the command 'leave it' and we can walk outside with him responding to this command, most of the time.

Jack had his first visit to Cornwall in November. He loved running on the beach and saying hello to lots and lots of other dogs. He was initially cautious of the waves but soon grew in confidence and ran into the sea. On one occasion we were walking on Perranporth beach which is a haven for surfers. We saw what we thought was some driftwood in the distance; Jack went up to it had a good sniff and dutifully marked it with a quick wee before moving on. Only when we approached it did we realise it was not driftwood but a surfer's pair of flip flops!! We looked out into the sea and saw the owner staring; we apologised and quickly moved on. We also discovered Jack is partial to a little Cornish pasty - very pleasing!

Jack doesn't appear to be worried or phased most of the time. We decided to introduce him to trains and his first trip was a short journey and uneventful. So, we decided to 'go big' and take him to London to visit our daughter for a day. Armed with lots of treats, chew bones, food and anything else that we may need to help him settle, off we went. We have discovered that he loves primula cheese which is now his favourite! The first train journey was an hour and a half; he sniffed everything and received a lot of attention, which he seemed very happy about. He did find the strap of someone's backpack and we soon removed it before he started to chew it - thankfully the owner of the bag saw the funny side. During the day he experienced the underground, a tram, and a bus, all of which he was great with and constantly had lots of attention. Our daughter commented that on the underground people don't talk but with Jack endless people asked what he was training for and of course whether they could stroke him. One of our worries that day was whether he would settle in a restaurant so we could enjoy an evening meal before heading back home. He did not disappoint, he munched through a couple of chew bones quite happily and he did settle - thank you Jack! Settling has always been a challenge for him, we think he gets bored very quickly but maybe the adventurous day had worn him out. On the final train journey home, he fell asleep, we couldn't wake him; people were laughing and just stepped over him to get off the train not wanting to wake him. Clearly an exhausting day for the boy!

Jack has had a few toys, the soft cuddly ones he prefers to chew and loves pulling out the stuffing! We have limited these and turned to the sturdier toy! He likes to greet people at home with a toy which is great and something we have encouraged.

Jack enjoys his walks, running free in the fields or lead walking around the streets, through town and into the shops. He is great on the lead and doesn't pull. He is learning not to say hello to every person or dog that walks past him - having a treat under his nose is a great distraction.

Helping Jack to settle in an evening can take a little time but he is getting there – he's a work in progress. He does enjoy a small bone treat with peanut butter! When settled he enjoys an evening cuddle and a tummy rub. We don't allow him on the furniture, we usually sit on the floor and have some quality quiet time with him.”

Helen, Socialiser

I look forward to keeping you updated on Jack's progress and will be in touch again around the time that he is approximately thirteen months old.

Photo of Jack at 9 months
Photo of Jack at 9 months
Photo of Jack at 9 months
Photo of Jack at 9 months
Photo of Jack at 9 months
Photo of Jack at 9 months

An update on Jack - 5 Months, August 2022

For the first six months the focus for his socialiser, Shirley, is to make sure that Jack has a consistent routine. This helps him to develop in areas such as house training, learning to be left alone, and basic obedience. Shirley will spend time socialising Jack around lots of people and animals, and together they will visit as many different places as possible.

“Jack can now go out having had all his inoculations. We have continued to practise lead work on the local road just for short distances. It has also given him exposure to passing traffic as well. We then progressed to other areas on our way to a free running area. Jack has made good progress at walking nicely on a loose lead. He enjoys his free run; the first was in a very quiet field to check that he would recall OK. He passed this trial with flying colours so we progressed to Sutton Park where he has been able to meet other dogs and people. His greeting of other dogs has been very positive; fortunately most of the dogs have not wanted to play so it has been a calm experience for him. Jack has come away well when I've moved on. Regarding greeting people there is some work to do here as Jack is inclined to rush up and jump. Jack has stayed quite close to me and recalled very well. He enjoys the freedom of these runs and finding all the new smells. We have done a short walk with the young girl who lives next door. I was pleased to find that Jack was already prepared to play ball with her.

Jack loves all his large soft toys, they get dragged out into the garden on a regular basis. However, he is not so good at bringing them back inside again!

At four months we had a couple of short visits to the local supermarket. I have kept the visits short as Jack is inclined to be vocal so I don't want to give him the chance to be bored. He behaved very well in the shop. He was also unfazed by a visit to the local train station. He wasn't bothered by the two trains we saw and he sat nicely while waiting for them. Again I kept the visit short.

Jack has stayed with some temporary boarders on two occasions. He was quite happy and settled in well. They were very pleased with him and are happy to have him again if needed.

In spite of having two or three beds around the downstairs of our house Jack, like so many of our previous pups, has found the bottom step to lie on.

I was quite nervous about his first cafe visit as he is vocal when stationary. So I took a kong filled with frozen food to keep him occupied. I have never had to do this with any of the previous pups but it proved to be a good move. Jack was fully occupied and lay quietly beside me while I enjoyed a cup of tea; this was a good positive outcome which is what is needed. A later visit with our puppy coordinator for a coffee exceeded my expectations. Jack took a while to lie down but he sat quietly, watching what was going on around him. He is definitely one that does best when things are taken slowly.

The two hot spells of weather this summer has meant that training has had to be curtailed as it was too hot to be out during the day. It was limited to playing in water in the garden. Free runs were undertaken at 6 am. A very pleasant start to my day!

In the last couple of weeks Jack has been blackberrying on his walks with me. He has become very adept at picking the berries off the low hanging branches. Unfortunately he does not add them to my bag but eats them all!

Now 5 months old he is a very handsome boy. He enjoys playing ball in the garden and is a good traveller in the car. I hope he will do well in the future but he is still young and there is still work to be done on some aspects of his behaviour.”

Shirley, Socialiser

I look forward to keeping you updated on Jack's progress around the time when he is 9-10 months old.

Photo of Jack at 5 months
Photo of Jack at 5 months
Photo of Jack at 5 months
Photo of Jack at 5 months
Photo of Jack at 5 months
Photo of Jack at 5 months
Photo of Jack at 5 months

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

Previous Mayors Charities

Download the following Word document to view a list of the previous Mayors charities:

Mayors Charities from 2003 onwards (Word)