Past Events

Charity Day Saturday 6th October 2018Events

Posted by Greg Mon, October 08, 2018 17:52:42

The management and patrons of the Colosseum Public House in Redcliffe Hill held a charity day to support the Huntington's Disease Association.

Following a safety briefing from the organiser, Tow Ward, they pulled an agricultural tractor from the top of East Street in Bedminster to St Mary Redcliffe Church. Originally the pull was to include a trailer but due to the cold, wet and slippery conditions it was decided to just pull the tractor - a mere 8 tonnes!

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We did slow down the flow of traffic in the area for about 45 minutes but the honks from local motorists were definitely of the supportive kind. Congratulations to the marshalls, the pullers and the collectors, who all got very wet but stuck to the task! Thanks to them the people of Bedminster are certainly more aware of Huntington's Disease.

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After the tractor pull we all returned to the Colosseum to dry off, warm up and sample the delights of the Colosseum bar. We were fed by two wonderful ladies with a hog roast and entertained with karaoke.

There was also a raffle and an auction with some wonderful sporting memorabilia.

If you couldn't make it to the event, there is a Just Giving page for donations at, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/melanie-carruthers.





Silent Auction Friday 28th September 2018Events

Posted by Greg Thu, October 04, 2018 20:46:51

Our Silent Auction was held at Keynsham Rugby Club and, as well as having the opportunity to bid for some fabulous items, there was a bar, buffet and entertainment.

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The auction items were displayed on a long table and the auction began at 7pm. If you fancied a particular item then you could write your bidding number and bid on the associated card. However you need to keep an eye on the table as, while you were having a drink or something to eat, someone else could be upping the bid on your item. As you do not have to identify yourself on the bidding card, you also have to be wary of bidding against your companions!

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We were entertained during the event by Rachel, Ashton and Mark singing as Dolly Parton, Billie Holiday and Kenny Rogers respectively.

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The auction raised over £600 for the branch to use towards the support of Huntington's Disease families in Bristol and the surrounding area.

Special thanks must go to Penny, who gathered most of the items for the auction and to everyone else who helped with the preparation and on the night.

Also many thanks to Jenna and the staff at Keynsham Rugby Club for helping to make it such a successful event.








Collection at Asda in Bedminster Saturday 22nd SeptemberEvents

Posted by Greg Mon, September 24, 2018 10:18:03

Tom Ward managed to gather together family, friends and supporters for a collection at the Asda store in Bedminster.

There were 3 generations of willing helpers with ages ranging from 13 to 62. We helped shoppers with their food packing and also collected at the entrances.

Although the main objective was to raise money to support the work of the HDA we also had the chance to spread the word about Huntington's Disease.
Blog imageEveryone was still smiling at the end of the day as you can see from the photo, including the two shorter members of our team on the extreme right of the picture!

Tom has since reported that we raised almost £1000 on the day and he has generously made this up to a £1000 donation to the HDA.

Many thanks to Tom and all the helpers and also Brenda from Asda, who looked after us all. And a big thank you to the generous shoppers of Bedminster for their support.





Open Garden Sunday 19th AugustEvents

Posted by Greg Wed, August 22, 2018 21:42:38

Rosemary held a very successful Open Garden event at her home in Hanham on Sunday 19th August. She was a little nervous about holding the event and wondered if anyone would turn up.

She needn’t have worried as it was a lovely afternoon after a dismal morning and her house and garden were full of people chatting and enjoying the marvellous tea and cake, supplied by her band of willing helpers, especially Alex and Peter.

Rosemary’s garden is full of trees and shrubs with lots of hidden nooks and seating areas. Her garden shed with its beach scene was a real talking point!

Rosemary managed to raise the magnificent sum of £400 for the Huntington’s Disease Association.







Family Day at Somerdale Pavilion on 2 JuneEvents

Posted by Greg Wed, August 22, 2018 21:31:35

We were delighted to welcome 107 families and friends to this event. This included a number of children, who were kept busy by Glenn Dutton. The atmosphere was brilliant and yet another perfect Family Day, organised and arranged by Carol Dutton, with the support of so many people, who helped out. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone




Quiz at Somerdale Pavilion on 4 MayEvents

Posted by Greg Wed, August 22, 2018 21:30:21

Lesley Naylor and Linda Dawes organised another very successful event and raised £244. Many thanks to all involved.



The AGM at Somerdale Pavilion on 4 AprilEvents

Posted by Greg Wed, August 22, 2018 21:29:01

Debbie Nicholl remained as Treasurer for Financial Year 18/19, with Fay and Greg Marsh and Corrina Gillman, joining as Committee Members. Carol Dutton gave a presentation on her area and outlined the plans for Family Day in June. Mainly due to the money raised through the people who took part in the Great Weston Ride, The Bristol Half and the Bristol 10K, we were able to agree to send £4000 to Head Office, split between Research and the Specialist Huntington’s Disease Advisers. Brilliant! We had also spent £2500 on purchasing domestic electrical items, beds & bedding, carpets, food vouchers, National Trust Membership, Taxis and a Television.

Please let your Specialist HDA Carol Dutton or Shirley Bignell know, if there is anything we can help you with during this Financial Year and we will do our best to help.