Some of the city’s top names have thrown their weight behind Bristol Live’s Arms Around Bristol campaign.
The campaign, launched earlier this month as part of the Quartet Community Foundation’s Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund, has a target of raising £10,000.
The money raised will go towards supporting the army of voluntary and charitable organisations across the Bristol area who are working around the clock to support those in need during the pandemic.
Organisations to benefit from the response fund so far have included Paul’s Place to help it set up a virtual day centre for members and the Talking Money advice service to help people struggling financially during the crisis.
It is also being used to help ensure food parcels are delivered to the most vulnerable and support is given to those struggling with their mental health during the pandemic.
The Arms Around Bristol campaign has raised £6,800 in just over a week, with celebrities rooted in Bristol urging local people to dig deep and help the appeal reach target.
Singer songwriter Beth Rowley said: “I’m really happy to support this appeal.
“Your generosity will make a real difference to those volunteers and small local causes taking action in and around Bristol.
“Together we can make sure that everyone in our communities has the help and support they need.”
Beth also urged people to download the charity album The Ark, featuring 20 tracks from local artists, launched as part of the appeal.
She added: “If you’re missing the Bristol music scene and want to discover the next emerging artists in town why not download The Ark Charity compilation album which features 20 new and established Bristol bands including Beak, John E Vistic and Rita Lynch.
“All the money will go to charity.”
Actor and author Tony Robinson has also urged people to support the campaign at a time when so many organisations across the Bristol area are struggling to meet the rising demand .
Mr Robinson said: “Charities and community organisations are really struggling.
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“Charity shops have been forced to close, fund raising is difficult because of no face to face contact, and everyone’s counting every penny.
“ That’s why I’m supporting Quartet Community Foundation right now to help people help themselves at this difficult time.”
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees also urged the people of Bristol to get involved and help those organisations delivering vital aid to those in need across the area, recording a special message of support for the appeal.
Mayor Rees says “I want to extend my thanks to every one of you who has donated so far to the Quartet Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund.
“The money you’ve given is going to vital services and organisations that support the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“But Quartet still need more donations.
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“There are a lot more incredible organisations out there working with our communities doing their utmost to support the most vulnerable people in our city.”
Quartet Community Foundation CEO Sue Turner said: “This is about the people of Bristol coming together and supporting one another in this time of need.
“These community groups are the lifeblood of our area and are on people’s doorstep all year round.
“Many are having to rapidly change what they do to continue supporting people in need during these changing times.
“These charity workers are the fourth emergency service, the safety net when all else fails, and are essential workers.
“Donating to support frontline local charity workers is an instant way to support and answers a basic need in people to help.
“We know that volunteering is difficult for many people due to the current situation.
“But they can help by making a donation.
“The appeal offers a way for the people of Bristol to support their neighbours without leaving the house.”
Over the last 33 years the Quartet Community Foundation has awarded more than £50 million to local causes.
Last year alone it awarded more than 800 grants totalling more than £3.5million.
You can download The Ark Charity compilation album here: https://thearkcharitycompilation.bandcamp.com/album/the-ark-vol-1
To make a donation to the Arms Around Bristol appeal click here.