Charities in the Bristol area are being encouraged to contact local insurer BCWA to make their case for a financial donation or help from staff volunteers.
Last year BCWA donated more than £95,000 to 44 different charities in the region. This year the committee would like to see even more applications from charities that may need financial help.
Bristol's National Eye Research Centre, a recent beneficiary, received £4,000 to purchase a specialist eye scanner used to help diagnose cataracts. Other charities receiving financial support from BCWA last year were the Association for Children's Hospices, the RSPCA, Upper Horfield Community School, Hammer Out (a Bristol brain tumour support charity), Trinity Arts Community project (a community radio project) and the Dark Angels Dance squad.
"BCWA is a caring organisation that is really keen to do its bit to help the local community and support the variety of good causes that exist around Bristol. We were really pleased with the number of charities we were able to help last year and are keen to encourage even more organisations to get in touch with us who we may not have helped before. We meet on a monthly basis to review donation requests and apart from having our own charity budget, we also have 50 staff volunteering days to offer organisations that could benefit from our skills and expertise," says Lisa Holden of BCWA's charity committee.