The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal

Alive is BBC Radio Bristol’s charity partner

'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal' is helping us to raise support and vital funds, so we can reach more older people across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset. This exciting partnership is on air now. 

BBC Radio Bristol presenters have been visiting care homes and day centres to meet some of the incredible older people taking part in Alive activity sessions. There’s so much more in store and you can follow us on this amazing journey by liking us on Facebookfollowing us on Twitter and listening to BBC Radio Bristol.

For many older people – loneliness and isolation are a fact of life. Adapting to life in a care home can be overwhelming. People can find themselves feeling alone in unfamiliar surroundings. For those still living at home - day centres provide a crucial link to the outside world.

We are aiming to raise £33,000* by the end of March 2019. The money is funding 300 activity sessions and paying for memory boxes.

'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal' is changing the lives of older people who wouldn’t otherwise benefit from the work of Alive. 

*This revised target was announced in January 2019.



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Appeal timeline 

30th November – Joe Lemer’s Dance-a-thon

Joe Lemer definitely knows how to throw some shapes! He swapped a radio studio for a stage when he took on his '12 Hour Danceathon' for 'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal'. 

25th & 26th October – ‘The 24 Hour Radio Relay’ 

BBCrb presenters Emma Britton, John Darvall, Geoff Twentyman and Joe Lemer didn't know who would be in the presenter's chair, until one of them was randomly selected at the start of each hour. There were many visitors to the studios over the 24 hours - including alligators, pygmy goats, yoga experts and a barista.

11th October – Geoff Twentyman’s ‘Big Sport Quiz’ 

Geoff Twentyman's 'Big Sport Quiz' in aid of 'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal' took place at 'The Bristol Pavilion' at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Geoff was joined by two teams of West Country sporting stars as they battled it out to be crowned champions of the quiz. You can hear the highlights of the quiz here.

6th October - Emma Britton’s ‘Couch to 5K’

She did it! Emma Britton completed her ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge for 'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal' after a gruelling 26 training sessions. Emma dealt with back pain, sweat and tears during the challenge and was overwhelmed by the messages of support she received

26th September - John Darvall’s ‘Skydive for Alive’

A massive congratulations to John Darvall who faced his fear and completed his ‘Skydive for Alive’ and jumped out of the plane at 15,000 feet above Dunkeswell Airfield.

31st August  #EatCakeFriday

People came together to hold bake sales and coffee mornings in aid of the appeal. From university staff to police officers and companies, people really got involved. And a cake or two might have been consumed in the Alive office…

18th July – Britton’s Big Night Out’

Emma Britton hosted a night of entertainment featuring local talent at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare. The evening featured sensational singers, cracking comedy, great guests and an amazing audience.

22nd June – The School Run

A number of schools around the BBC Radio Bristol area held a non-uniform day and raised money for the appeal. Presenters from the radio station visited those taking part and spoke to them live on air.

19th June The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal is launched

Live from Deerhurst care home, Emma Britton presented the BBC Radio Bristol Breakfast show and announced the launch of the appeal.