Faith & Worship

Week 45 - Sue Potepa

In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Sue Potepa, fundraiser for the Royal British Legion.

Tonight, at 7.30pm, the Bristol Festival of Remembrance concert is organised by the Royal British Legion. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door.

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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?

I am the Fundraiser for The Royal British Legion Bristol Poppy Appeal. This year I have been working with Naomi Miller, former Development Director of Bristol Cathedral; Richard Hope-Hawkins, Producer and Concert Director and Francis Faux, Choral Director to create the Armistice Day Concert tonight to commemorate the end of the First World War. 

The Concert will bring together musical talent from across the region and we are proud to announce that our Guest Speaker will be Terry Waite CBE.

For the second half of the programme The Lucis Choir will be joined by award-winning vocal ensemble, Noctis, Bath Abbey’s Melody Makers and the Southern Sinfonia to perform Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers.

All proceeds from the Concert will go to Bristol Poppy Appeal.

The Concert will form part of the national ‘Thank You’ Campaign being organised by The Royal British Legion for All who Served, Sacrificed and Changed our World


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

I first approached Naomi approximately a year ago with a view to working collaboratively on a project to commemorate the end of the First World War.


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

I have attended The Cathedral for services on several occasions and knew it would be the most fitting venue in Bristol to host our poignant 2018 Armistice Concert.    

The support we have received from Naomi and colleagues at the Cathedral has been superb and our suggestions have been met with enthusiasm and total professionalism.

We also launched the 2018 Bristol Poppy Appeal from Bristol Cathedral this year on Friday 26 October, creating a Field of Poppies on College Green, using waterproof Poppies that members of the public may write their own personal message on.

I am sure Bristol Cathedral will be a true centre-piece for the South West’s commemorations this year.


What have been some of your personal highlights?

I am sure that The Centenary Concert will definitely be my personal highlight!


What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?

I have been very impressed with the wide variety of people who are involved with Bristol Cathedral in so many ways, I am sure this will continue to build and enhance community relationships in the city.


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

A beautiful building, providing a wonderful opportunity for the people of Bristol and beyond to come together, not only in worship but to celebrate an enormous wealth of talent, ideas and thinking