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The Grand Appeal

Established in 1995, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has raised £50 million to support sick babies and children and their families in Bristol Children’s Hospital.

In partnership with Aardman Animations who generously allow the charity to use the multi-Academy Award® winning characters Wallace & Gromit to spearhead our work, The Grand Appeal supports Bristol Children’s Hospital by funding pioneering, life-saving equipment and research, including ventilators, a cardiac hybrid theatre and an inter-operative MRI scanner, so that patients have access to the best possible healthcare and life-saving equipment.

Patient Family

We provide free accommodation to families of critically ill patients from the Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units in our Cots for Tots House and Paul’s House, as well as providing a free family support service for parents and siblings. We ensure the hospital is a vibrant and child friendly place to help distract sick children through our music therapy, art and play programmes and much more.

Bristol Children’s Hospital covers the largest geographic area of any children’s hospital in England, treating more than 100,000 children each year, and serves as the paediatric intensive care centre for the whole South West region. The hospital is an international, national and regional specialist centre of excellence for a range of services including neurosurgery, burns, epilepsy, cardiac, leukaemia and bone marrow transplants.

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Bristol Children's Hospital

Bristol Children’s Hospital is one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals treating over 100,000 patients every year with life-threatening illnesses from Bristol, the South West of England, South Wales and beyond. The Hospital covers the largest geographical area of any children’s hospital in England, and serves the whole area with the only dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Major Trauma Unit.

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Patients come from across the South West and beyond for world class treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital

Cots for Tots

Cots for Tots is our dedicated appeal to support the South West region’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. Cots for Tots raises funds for equipment, comforts and facilities for the sickest babies in the region, and their families who are transferred to Bristol for life-saving care.

We also run Cots for Tots House, our dedicated 12 bed Family Accommodation facility for parents, and families of babies in the intensive care unit in Bristol.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital (also known as the Special Care Baby Unit) is a Quaternary unit, equipped to provide surgery and care for the most serious and complex conditions in premature and critically ill babies. The unit is at the heart of ground-breaking research into cooling which is used throughout the world to help save the lives of seriously ill babies.

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