BristolLive launches £10,000 BigUpBristol Christmas appeal

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BristolLive has teamed up with Hospitality Action UK and Crowdfunder to help the city’s pubs, restaurants and hospitality workers as we head towards Christmas under Tier 3 restrictions.

With pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and music venues all forced to stay shut at what would normally be their busiest time of the year, many of our favourite local establishments are struggling to survive.

And the staff that would normally be rushed off their feet at this time of year – whether full-time, part-time or self-employed – are also struggling to make ends meet.

BristolLive launched #BigUpBristol earlier this week, calling for additional support from the Government and from all of us for our locals.

We’re now taking the campaign to the next level and asking for your help for our BigUpBristol Christmas Appeal supporting our favourite local venues and the people who work in them.

We’re asking everyone in Bristol who can to put the money that you might otherwise have spent on a night out or a Christmas meal towards our fundraising appeal for hospitality workers.

Even if everyone put the £5 or £10 tip that they might have given restaurant staff at the end of a meal towards our Christmas Hospitality Appeal, we could make a really big difference to people’s lives.

The #BigUpBristol campaign

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Under the banner of Big Up Bristol, we will be speaking to business owners across the city about the impact Tier 3 is having on them and how people can support them.

Our campaign has three main aims:

  1. To lobby the Government to provide more financial support to hospitality businesses locked down in Tier 3
  2. To encourage our readers to shout about and use local takeaways and support local independents wherever possible
  3. To raise funds for local hospitality workers and businesses through our new Crowdfunder appeal

We would encourage everyone to us the hashtag #BigUpBristol on social media channels and tag their favourite local venues so we can shout about them.

How the #BigUpBristol Christmas Appeal works

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BigUpBristol Christmas Appeal

Our fundraising appeal for Hospitality Action UK launched today and aims to raise money for the hospitality workers who are struggling without work or with limited funds in the run up to Christmas.

Click on our Crowdfunder appeal and give what you can to help us reach our £10,000 total. All the money will be ringfenced for people in Bristol who work in the hospitality industry full time, part time or are self employed and have within the industry in the last eight months.

The money will go towards individuals and families in need around Bristol and will be distributed in the form of a Covid-19 Recovery Grant of between £250 and £750 per household.

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How Pay It Forward works

We would also love our local pubs, bars, restaurants and music venues to sign up to Crowdfunder’s Pay It Forward and allow their customers to buy a pint or a meal for the other side of lockdown.

All you need to do is set up a page for your business, list some options for customers to put their money towards and make good on those pledges once we’re out of Tier 3 restrictions.

We will promote every business that sets up a PayItForward page through our website and social media channels under the banner #BigUpBristol and do what we can to help you reach your fundraising target.

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About Hospitality Action UK

Hospitality Action was established in 1837 and has since offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK.

They support the chefs, waiters, housekeepers and managers, concierges, receptionists and kitchen porters and every sommelier, bartender, catering assistant and cook across the UK.

Whatever challenges they face – from physical illness or mental health issues to financial difficulty, family problems to addiction – Hospitality Action helps hospitality workers get back on their feet again.

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