Superheroes and princesses aid hospital

September 07 2016

TWO Hanham pub workers have held a family fun day to support a cause which is close to their hearts.

Blue Bowl staff member Hev serves up cakes and candy floss

TWO Hanham pub workers have held a family fun day to support a cause which is close to their hearts.
Anthony Nicholson and wife Gina held the event at the historic Blue Bowl to raise money to renovate the Rainbow Room at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
The room is where family and friends can spend time with their loved ones if they die in hospital.
Gina, who works as one of the pub’s team leaders alongside Anthony, the general manager, said: “We are raising money for a cause which is really important to us and we feel passionate about it.
“One of my best friends lost their little boy last year and had to use the Rainbow Room at Bristol Children’s Hospital. I also went there to see him. It really isn’t a very comforting room despite being called the Rainbow Room. There’s nothing there at all and it’s very cold. You expect it to be almost like a child’s bedroom but it’s really not. It’s upsetting. It made us all think that it wasn’t right and it shouldn’t be like this.”
The couple now plan to run further events at Halloween and Christmas for the same cause. They have linked up with other friends who are holding their own events.
“All the money will go in together so hopefully we will get enough to completely renovate the room,” she said.
Gina said she was delighted at the support shown by Hanham residents: “It was a brilliant day. We were really pleased with how many people came along to support us.”
The Superheroes and Princesses fun day, on Bank Holiday Monday, raised £601 towards their target and saw mums, dads, grandparents and children turn up to enjoy the sunshine.
Attractions included a fancy dress parade, face-painting, glitter tattoos, raffle and bouncy castle. Also proving popular was a visit by the Littlest Rescue who brought along rabbits and guinea pigs for a handling session.