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Bristol Sport delivers 10,000 meals to the local community

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic the Bristol Sport group has been working together to help those most in need in the Bristol community.

  • Volunteers from the sporting clubs and their associated charities have distributed 10,000 meals
  • Sports Bar used by Feed The Homeless Bristol whose food packages supporting over 300 people
  • Bristol Food Union operating in South Stand, providing 1000 food parcels for vulnerable young adults
  • FareShareSW charity storing more than 66 tonnes of food at the stadium

Today (Thursday) saw the 10,000th meal delivered as part of a unique partnership with Ashton Gate, FareShareSW and the sports teams’ foundations – Bristol Bears, Bristol City Robins, Bristol Sport/Flyers. 

This week a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund has also been established by the group to spearhead the fundraising and enable the programme to continue to grow.

Bristol Sport Chairman Jon Lansdown said: “Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone involved and for all of their efforts to date. You should be immensely proud of what you have achieved so far.

“This project has grown quickly and organically from the first week of the official lockdown. Our stadium sits in the heart of the Bristol community and we wanted to be able to reach out and help.

“The need was immediately apparent, as it already exists during normal school holidays, but with the unexpected school closures it has grown even more rapidly.

“Bringing together our sporting charities alongside the facilities (both storage and kitchens) at Ashton Gate we worked fast to grow a large and efficient operation to ensure thousands of meals could get to those who need it most in our community.

“We’ve grown from preparing and delivering 300 meals per week to more than 2,500 and there’s still more to come. It’s been possible because of the insight and knowledge that our sporting charities have of their local community. Working with schools, teachers, coaches, Avon and Somerset Police and the council, we’ve identified those children and families most in need.”

The relief has been made possible through food donations from Ashton Gate and FareShareSW, the great work of our foundations and help from volunteers.

Our aim is to create a legacy project that is widespread and most importantly, long-lasting. The critical need for food is not one that will go away with the current crisis.

"Our stadium sits in the heart of the Bristol community and we wanted to be able to reach out and help."

Bristol City Chairman Jon Lansdown

New Bristol Sport Covid-19 Relief Fund

Sanderson Recruitment, who have been long-term partners of the sporting group and the Masonic Province Of Bristol have jointly kicked off the launch of the Covid-19 fund with substantial donations.

Masonic Provincial Grand Master Jonathan Davis said: “The Masons are delighted to support the continuing work being done by the sporting group in assisting families in Bristol who are suffering the effects of the Coronavirus more than most.

“Following the national initiative by the United Grand Lodge of England to support communities during the crisis, the Province of Bristol successfully applied for a grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation of £9,500 to help the groups sporting charities to deliver meals to families in need. “

Any organisations or individuals interested in contributing to the effort can do so by contacting:Peter.Smith@ashtongate.co.uk.

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