I moved to Bristol from Wolverhampton in 2009 with the impression that Bristol was ‘posh’. Lodging in Clifton confirmed this until I discovered that this is a city of two halves – with economic, social and historical challenges that need addressing. There’ll always be challenges but it is how Bristol engages with them that make this the best city in the world for me.
Creativity and pursuit of innovation are in the DNA of this city and her people. There is enterprise everywhere and Bristolians are always experimenting with new ideas to make life better. It seems second nature for them to do all they can to assist each other. What a beautiful people Bristolians are!
Bridging the economic and social divide across the city seems challenging indeed, but efforts are continuously focussed on this by Bristol City Council and the energetic and passionate Mayor. I have seen Bristol build on her growing reputation as a City of Hope during the pandemic. I have seen teachers knocking on doors to ensure education continues in the homes of our most disadvantaged children. Foodbanks across the city have supported thousands, and we all recognise the sacrifices that our health professionals in the NHS and care sector have made for us during this pandemic.