South West

Variety South West is a dedicated committee and meets once a month in Bristol - please contact Derek Cleverdon for details of the next meeting (see below).

The Bristol and the South West Regional Committee comprises of a group of incredible volunteers who are dedicated to helping our local sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

We currently meet during the evening of the first Wednesday of each month, unless this falls on a bank holiday, to discuss and arrange fundraising events. All proceeds from these events are used to provide  children with specialised wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs, specially designed equipment, wet rooms etc.

We are  best known for the Sunshine Coaches supplied to help transport children with additional needs from schools for swimming lessons and school trips.

Our next fundraising event is:

Celebration Valentine Lunch on Sunday 16th February 2020

On Sunday 16th the Bristol and South West Region of Variety, the children’s charity, held a Valentine Lunch at The Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Variety in the U.K.

The function was attended by The Lord Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE with Mr R Golding and The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Ros Clark with her Consort Mr Stephen Williams.

Everyone enjoyed an excellent lunch followed by entertainment by the brilliant compere, Darren (Daz) Sims, comedy by Tank Sherman and the music of Mart Connor and his band. Miss Lois Gay also performed a few songs, much to the delight of the audience.

During the event The Chief Executive Officer of Variety, Mrs Jo Carter presented Mrs Anne Keen-Arnold with a Silver Heart to acknowledge her 25 years of service as a volunteer on the regional committee.

Anne Keen-Arnold receiving a Silver Heart from Jo Carter Chief Executive Officer of Variety
Photo courtesy of Guy Albon-Crouch

News from one of our Beneficiaries

Stanley is enjoying his new found freedom in his Tiny Trax wheelchair, funded by Variety. He is able to go fast and keep up with his friends and siblings, he can play tag and actually catch people. He is now an independent 6 year old, getting up to mischief like all 6 year old should.

The biggest change for us all and nicest of all, is that Stanley is now able to hold hands. It’s his new favourite thing to do, ours too!


Variety South West needs you

If you believe you can help to make a difference and  give a couple of hours a month by joining our committee then  please contact our chairman, Derek Cleverdon, on 07711 561191 or email

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To find out more on how you can be involved, please e-mail

Variety South West
c/o 93 Bayham Street
Tel: 07711 561191