Community Involvement

 Ruth Davies and the London Marathon

After two years of training Ruth Davies finally had the opportunity to run the London Marathon on 3rd October 2021 in support of Vision Aid Overseas.

It was an amazing experience, the crowd was incredibly supportive, but the most thanks are due to patients from Newsom & Davies Opticians, as well as family and friends, who have helped to raise over £7000.

2012 Olympic Games

When the opportunity arose to help with the optometry clinic in the Olympic Village at the 2012 Olympic Games, Ruth was one of the first to volunteer. Her experience with Vision Aid Overseas helped her to work with all nationalities during the main Games and the Paralympics.

Avon Local Optical Committee

Nina was a member of this organisation which liaises with the NHS, for a number of years. She was a part of the group that set up the Bristol & Weston Eye Screening Service for diabetic retinopathy. She was also involved with planning the Bristol OHT (Ocular Hypertension) Monitoring and Repeat Measures Service which assists the Bristol Eye Hospital with monitoring cases of glaucoma and refining referrals.

The Henleaze Christmas festival

We were involved with setting up the very first Henleaze Christmas festival in 2007 and Nina has been an enthusiastic member of the organising committee ever since. Every year a touch of Christmas magic descends on Henleaze with a Christmas market, a children’s funfair, Father Christmas and street entertainers. The Christmas festival is finally back on Wednesday 1st December 2021.

The Henleaze Christmas festival prize draw raises money for local charities with prizes generously donated by local businesses and organisations. In 2019 we distributed £2750 to worthwhile causes and in 2020, even though the festival had been cancelled due to Covid, we still managed to distribute £1000 to charities.

Nina presenting a cheque on behalf of the Henleaze Christmas Festival Committee to Michelle Bresnahan. A Life for a Cure raises awareness and funds for research into Meningitis B in memory of Ryan Bresnahan. www.ryanbresnahan.org.

We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the running of the festival! Check the website for more information. www.henleazechristmasfestival.co.uk

The Henleaze Business Association

Ruth and Nina have been involved with the HBA since it was formed in 2010.

The Association holds informal meetings at The Westbury Park Tavern and new members are always welcome. For more information please contact Ruth Davies (Treasurer) or Rick Wallis (Chair) at Up and Running. Tel: 0117 9739092