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Patchway businessman to run Bristol 10k to help local air ambulance

Posted on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 1:44 pm by SH (Editor)

John Williams, managing director of Absolutely PC in Patchway, prepares to run the Bristol 10k, raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

A Patchway businessman is preparing to take part in his very first running race, the Bristol 10k on Sunday 11th May, raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

One of John Williams’ passions is to help local businesses to use their IT in an easy to understand and productive way, helping them grow and profit, which is why he has run his own computer business, Absolutely PC in Patchway for the last nine years with his friendly and knowledgeable team.

John used to be a toxicologist and still has a passion for all things medical. His other pastime is learning to fly a 4-seater Piper Warrior aeroplane and, in December 2012, he booked a training flight from Filton, as he wanted to experience his local airport before they closed it down and when he was there, he wondered what would happen to the emergency service helicopters that were stationed there. After some investigation, he was relieved to find that they were able to stay, but that the Great Western Air Ambulance was in need of money for them to upgrade their helicopter.

So, a worthy charity that combines flying and medical – there was only one choice for him, and so he started jogging, not much of a challenge 20 years ago when rugby, wind surfing, rock climbing and fairly much anything that presented a challenge at the time was the norm, but certainly enough of a challenge for John in his current fitness state by his own admission: “After I started university and the sporting activities slowly stopped whilst the diet remained the same, you can guess the outcome. Oh yes, 18 stone of muscle became 19 stones of flab!”

To support John and donate to GWAAC, please visit:

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Life-size knitted nativity characters to visit Patchway church

Posted on Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 7:04 pm by SH (Editor)

The Knutty Knitters with their Knitivity scene.

A set of giant knitted characters from the nativity scene are due to pay a visit to a Patchway church this weekend, as part of a charity fundraising tour of Bristol.

The life-sized knitted Mary, Joseph, shepherds, kings and sheep, produced by a group called the ‘Knutty Knitters’, will be at Holy Family RC Church on Saturday and Sunday (1st/2nd December).

The ‘Knitivity’ scene has been created in memory of Christine Walsh, a founding member of the Knutty Knitters, who died of bowel cancer at St Peter’s Hospice last December, and the group are now raising money for the charity which cared for her by taking their creation on tour.

The knitters, made up of Alison Spurrell, Jean Richards, Anne Iles, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Julia Worth, all worked together along with Christine at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Monks Park and started knitting together in their spare time.

Before Christine died, it was decided that the Knitivity would be their next project and the group have since decided to carry on and do it in aid of St Peter’s Hospice.

Alison Spurrell said:

“The Knutty Knitters began when we made a Royal Wedding themed project and raised a great amount for the primary school we used to work at. We enjoyed it so much we decided to make it a regular thing.”

“When we began the Knitivity project we adapted patterns given in a magazine and we had no idea how big the figures would turn out. It was a bit of a surprise when they turned out to be life-sized but they look fabulous!”

More: Knitivity to make two further visits to Patchway in December »

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Patchway groups benefit from The Mall’s charity fund

Posted on Friday 13th April 2012 at 4:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Charity representatives at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Thanks to the generosity of its shoppers, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway has been able to donate £10,000 to local charities and community groups, including three that are based in Patchway.

Charities were invited to a Fountain Fund Tea Party at The Mall last month, to celebrate the donations.

Maria Crayton, Head of Marketing at The Mall at said:

“Every coin dropped into The Mall’s Fountain is collected and counted and this year we’ve been able to donate £10,000 to local charities. It’s a real delight to be able to make a difference in the local community. It’s great to be able to make sure that all of the money dropped into the fountain over the year by shoppers goes to such good causes.”

Charities can apply to receive a grant via the Fountain Fund page on The Mall’s website. Since it started, ten years ago, The Mall’s Fountain Fund has donated over £100,000 to local good causes.

Patchway groups that have benefited from the 2012 awards are:

Patchway Centre Pre-School, which will use its grant of £1,000 to purchase safety mats for the 2-3 year old’s room, for the children to roll and jump, and to place around the slide. The centre would also like to purchase coat trolleys.

Amberley Road Church Women’s Group, which supports older, local, women by running social activity sessions. The group would like to use its grant of £698 to pay for speakers, outings, craft materials and other social activity expenses.

Patchway Community Centre is an old but very busy community building. The regeneration project will carry out works to ensure that the building is a safe and welcoming place for the local and surrounding communities. With 27 original 1940’s single glazed windows around the building, Patchway Community Association would like to use their £1,000 grant to replace two more of the windows in the room that hosts the luncheon club for the elderly, Alcoholics Anonymous, PHAB and keep fit for the disabled.

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‘Skate and donate’ for Children in Need at The Mall

Posted on Friday 18th November 2011 at 5:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Pudsey and Santa at The Mall's Winter Wonderland

It’s ‘skate and donate’ for Children in Need at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol tonight (Friday 18th November) as the shopping centre holds a special Disco on Ice.

The charity event starts at 6:30pm and runs until 10pm. Instead of buying a ticket, you’ll be able to donate the money to Children in Need instead.

Earlier today, Santa took a break from working in his Winter Wonderland grotto to face up with Pudsey for a ‘skate off’ on the ice. Looks like Pudsey had a few problems getting his skates on!

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