Can you help Frenchay Float Group?

Published on: 25 Nov 2015

The Frenchay Float Group needs tractor drivers to help them out with their annual festive appearances around South Gloucestershire.
The float – which supports the Emergency Department at Southmead Hospital - is a Christmas tradition that dates back 30 years, with generations of families looking forward to it arriving in their streets.
But this year the tractor driver has had to pull out and with the float due to start its seasonal stint on Friday the team is urgently appealing for a tractor and driver to enable it to happen.
The float is due to go out around South Gloucestershire on Friday and Saturday night on the remaining four weekends in the lead up to Christmas with stops in Yate, Downend, Frenchay, Stapleton, Winterbourne, Stoke Gifford and Emersons Green.
The group is appealing for a tractor driver, or several tractor drivers to volunteer their time and vehicles to support the event.
Juliette Hughes, Southmead Hospital Emergency Zone Matron, said: “For the last 30 years the Frenchay Float has been bringing joy to families in South Gloucestershire and we don’t want to let anyone down.
“It is a lovely way to spread some festive cheer while also supporting the Emergency Department.
“The float has been going out for so long that it would be a shame to stop now, and we don’t want to disappoint the people who look forward to us coming around every year.
“If you have a tractor and can spare us some time to tow the float we would really appreciate your support.”
Money raised through this year’s float is due to be used to provide soft furnishings and other items for the counselling room and a donation will also be made to the British Heart Foundation.
If you can help out please email

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