Forty years old and still going strong, Victim Support celebrated its birthday at The Mansion House in Clifton. The charity, which has helped more than 30 million people so far, was founded in South Bristol in January 1974.
Members of the original project, current staff and dignitaries came together to appreciate what has been a huge success. The celebration also saw the launch of a new short film featuring testimony from crime victims, which is now on its YouTube channel.
Former police inspector Ray Stone was the first officer to take an interest in the burgeoning project because of its promise to put the needs of victims first. He brought police colleagues on board and it grew from there.
Mr Stone, 82, of Whitchurch said: "I'm very pleased it's reached 40 years, not just for Victim Support but for the many positive things that have come off the back of it."