This April the MP for Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire, will be running the London Marathon on behalf of a local charity and is asking people in her constituency to help her decide who to fundraise for. After receiving hundreds of suggestions, Debbonaire has shortlisted three charity causes which are now being put to a public vote.

We are pleased to announce that Debbonaire has selected BDP’s Youth Groups as one of the three shortlisted projects, alongside BUST (Breast cancer Unit Support Trust) Avon Wildlife Trust’s My Wild City.

I am amazed by the huge range of responses I received. I already knew about many of Bristol’s fantastic charities, but this showed me just how many great organisations there are in the city, working on so many important things.



It makes me very proud to represent people with such a generous spirit. Choosing a few organisations to put out to a public vote was extremely difficult – I’m hoping Bristolians can help me narrow it down to one.

- Thangam Debbonaire MP

Our free Youth Group supports children who are living with a parent or family member struggling with alcohol or drug use. Our Youth Groups give children respite from a difficult home life, providing them with the opportunity to get out for the evening and take part in activities their parents are often unable to coordinate or afford. Through social and creative activities, our groups help children increase resilience and self-confidence, important building blocks for success in adult life. 

These Youth Groups are the only structured alcohol and drug support offered across the whole of Bristol for children under 11. This is despite estimates that parental drug and alcohol use probably affects at least one child in every classroom in Bristol.

People who live in Bristol West constituency are invited to vote on Thangam Debbonaire’s website. The deadline for votes is midnight on Saturday 2 March, 2019.

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