National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome join forces to fund Long-Covid research

BRISTOL, U.K. - Nov. 27, 2021 - PRLog -- Imagine waking up every day feeling breathless, fatigued, with aching muscles and not being able to remember much from the previous week. You call your doctor, who understands, but has no treatment to help you. This is the reality for hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering from Long-Covid.

Working together with Southmead Hospital's official charity, Southmead Hospital Charity, National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome are embarking on a fundraising appeal which aims to raise £30,000 to support the Long-Covid research now taking place at the hospital.

The research, known as DISCOVER study, has recruited over 300 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 since March 2020.  It was the first UK cohort published, meaning this is the group that has been studied for the longest time.

Kurtis Reece, National Friendly's PR & Strategic Partnerships Executive explained why they are backing the efforts to understand more about the virus. "We have been helping people to prepare for life's contingencies for over 150 years, by insuring people's health and providing them with protection.  Our aim is to make a real difference to people's lives and this partnership with The Bristol Hippodrome to raise funds for Southmead Hospital Charity will help to do exactly that."

"In 2019, we managed to raise over £26,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital, so we are confident we can do the same for a something that has truly affected everyone – Covid-19."

Southmead Hospital Charity will benefit from a concentrated fundraising campaign, across a 12-week period which will begin on the 9th November 2021 and will end on the 12th February 2022.

National Friendly is also running an exclusive online competition with The Bristol Hippodrome, which will see five family tickets go up for grabs for the pantomime performance, which will be used as part of a social media campaign.

Ben Phillips, The Bristol Hippodrome's Theatre Director, said, "We have a really exciting roster of shows over the next 12 months and we look forward to working with National Friendly and Southmead Hospital to support this crucial research into Long-Covid."

Adrian Brown, Southmead Hospital Charity's Community & Events Manager added, "Many hospital treatments start with research. The support of partners like National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome can help the hundreds of expert researchers at Southmead Hospital turn pioneering discoveries into real treatments and in time, hopefully help people across the world suffering from Long-Covid."

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