Bristol Child Contact Centre is 25 Years Old!
On the 15th October we celebrated our Silver Jubilee with a reception in The Bradbury Hall at Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church, and are proud to highlight that we have helped so many families over those 25 years. The reception was courtesy of a generous legacy from our founder, Evelyn Bentley MBE.
The occasion was attended, amongst many others, by local solicitors, magistrates, family court judges, and current and past volunteers. We were also honoured to welcome the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Clare Campion-Smith.
Our Chair, Rev Tracey Lewis, introduced proceedings along with Trustee Peter Wilkinson. This was followed by addresses from the Lord Mayor, Judge Stephen Wildblood and Judge Julie Exton.
We had a delightful celebration cake made for us by Carol Seel, which was ceremonially cut by our Coordinators Helen Gamsa and Anna Sherman together with former Coordinator Joan Gunn and our first Chairman, Canon John Rogan. The assembled company of guests then shared the cake along with canapés and a glass of wine.
Tracey Lewis gave out long-service awards to a number of volunteers, including a very special one of 25 years to Jean Isaacs, who has been with us since the beginning. Very well done Jean for your endurance and wonderful service!
This was a lovely occasion in which to emphasise the importance of the help we provide in making a difference to children’s lives, and the great work our dedicated team of volunteers and trustees do for those children.