Grateful, Dolphin and Anchor Societies
With a long history dating back to the 1700s, the Dolphin, Grateful and Anchor Societies are probably the city’s oldest, continually active philanthropic organisations. Originally founded by people in Bristol who were keen to replicate the financial support shown by Bristol-born Edward Colston in the 1600s, the three Societies today focus their efforts on the city’s elderly population with a major fund-raising initiative in early November involving the President of each Society writing many hundreds of personal letters to potential donors. This usually provides over £250,000 per annum for initiatives and individuals in need across the city.
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