With our nine major hospitals serving the people of Bristol, the South West and the UK, we want to delve deeper into the past 70 years. We know that patients often come to Above & Beyond when they want to say thank you for their care, so we’re asking our supporters to show their appreciation by sending in their stories and memories of the time they spent in Bristol’s hospitals.


Tom Winchester

Ten years after Tom recovered from a brain tumour, he decided to give something back to the doctors and nurses
at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

His fundraising is ongoing, but so far he has raised £6,500 for the hospital. 

He said: "I’m aware that not everyone that is treated by the NHS has a happy ending, but I’m sure that everyone who has witnessed their care and support can agree with me when I say that I am proud of the job they do, on the whole, for our country and that I feel like my life is in safe hands.

"So here’s a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the NHS for all of the fantastic work they’ve done, not just for me, but for us as a nation."


Brian Knowles

Brian, 79, was diagnosed with a narrowed aortic valve three years ago. He was referred to consultant Mr Alan Bryan at the Bristol Heart Institute and had surgery a few months later.

He said: “I received exceptional care and attention at the hospital and I am grateful for the treatment which enabled me to steadily resume my work and return to a normal lifestyle. I now feel very well and keep active.

“The treatment has provided a valuable extension to my life and
 enabled me continue contributing to charitable work which helps others too.

“Now I am able to enjoy my latest gift – a great-granddaughter.”


Joan Pepper

Joan's husband Matt was treated in Bristol following a heart attack in 2004. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary where he had a second heart attack.

Describing the team as "absolutely brilliant", Joan says without them her husband wouldn't be alive today. 

She said: "I can't fault the NHS and I just hope they keep going."

To find out more about Joan's story, watch her video:


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