Rathbone Greenbank Investments
The Funding Network Bristol
Rathbone Greenbank Investments was very pleased to sponsor the Bristol Funding Network annual fundraising evening at the Mansion House on September 27th. Over £17,000 was raised for five projects: Room 13 Hareclive, an out of school arts club, based in the grounds of Hareclive Primary School in one of the most deprived areas of Bristol; Changing Tunes, which provides music sessions with prisoners in or near Bristol; Deki, a small scale microfinance charity working in Malawi, Nepal, Ghana and Togo; Food Cycle Bristol, a student run project tackling food poverty and waste, using food from supermarkets that would otherwise have gone to landfill; and Life Cycle UK a small Bristol based company for people at the margins of society to transform their lives through cycling.
The evening started with an update from some of the children involved in the Room 13 project, explaining how they had benefited from the life skills they had learnt from being involved in helping to run the art space. We were then inspired by Steve, an ex-offender, who told the story of his journey to being able to perform and record his wonderful talent as a guitarist. Changing Tunes estimate that reoffending rates are reduced by 75% amongst prisoners who have attended their sessions. These two projects have both presented to TFN before and TFN members were more than happy to support another round of fundraising .
Deki is supported by University of the West of England and was set up by Vashti Seth when she was a student there. They have already lent over £110k since establishing as a charity in 2010, and their current repayment rate is 100%.
The students presenting the Food Cycle project were hoping to raise funds for bikes and trailers, cooking equipment and funds to run their community kitchen, which provides a free three course lunch for up to 80 residents of Easton. The Food Cycle was set up in Bristol in 2009 by students including a former Rathbone Greenbank intern.
Finally we heard an inspiring presentation from Poppy Brett the Chief Executive of Life Cycle, and Tony who cycles regularly with his two visually impaired daughters. The project was endorsed by Robin Lapworth a volunteer front rider on one of Twos Company tandems. The funds we helped raise will go towards training new volunteer front riders and the costs of maintaining the tandem fleet.
TFN Bristol is ably supported by Bristol Quartet Community Foundation and we look forward to working with them again next year.