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Armistice Day and Bristol's Own

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Today is Armistice Day, marking the end of the First World War and is a time to commemorate those that have lost their lives fighting for their country.

Our very own Gromit Unleashed 2 sculpture and First World War Messenger Dog, Bristol’s Own, was created after his artist Susan Webber was inspired by the Bristol's 12th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. Up to 20,000 dogs were trained for front-line duties during the First World War and they took on a variety of jobs from sniffing out enemy lines to carrying aid to the wounded and taking messages between the lines.

During Gromit Unleashed 2 Bristol’s Own delivered messages of a very different kind. With the help of his trail sponsor Barcan+Kirby, the faithful hound was enlisted to help encourage the public to write their own message of support to patients of Bristol Children’s Hospital.

patient letters barcan and kirby

Over 60 of these terrific telegrams were created after being collected at the Barcan+Kirby offices offering heartfelt messages to children going through the toughest of times. Many were kindly written by the pupils of Victoria Park Primary School and members of the Happy Days Memory Café. These cracking telegrams are now displayed on the walls of Cots for Tots and Paul’s House for patients’ families to read and enjoy and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone that took part in this very special project.

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