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Lombard goes the extra mile for Bristol Children’s Hospital

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Whether it was golfing days, spin classes, dog walking or morning strolls on holiday, a team of ten heroes from Lombard clocked up enough fundraising miles to have walked from Land’s End to John O’Groats – 874 to be exact!

Bristol Children’s Hospital is a cause close to Gary’s heart. In 2017, Gary’s twin boys underwent life-saving heart surgery. Watching not one but two of his children fight for their lives, made such a lasting impact on Gary that he was determined to help other children with poorly hearts. And who better to help him than his colleagues at Lombard?

After choosing us as their 2019 Charity of the Year they have raised a staggering £1,175. Giving them a glimpse at where their money will go, we welcomed Gary and his family back to Dolphin Ward along with Natalie, Gary’s colleague.


Dolphin ward cares for children of all ages who need heart surgery or have a heart defect. Gary’s daughter even spent her morning selling lemonade to buy tasty treats for the superstar staff who work on the ward as a personal thank you for looking after her younger brothers so well.

After completing our 874 miles team challenge it was great to visit the Dolphin Ward and see for ourselves where the money we raised would be spent. It is clear that the ward is not just centred around the patients but also their families; ensuring it is a friendly environment for all. It’s great to see that the money will be spent on equipment that will not only aid the children’s rehab but that they really enjoy playing with! A great cause.

Natalie Keable, Assistant Relationship Director.

Lombard’s efforts will help us to continue to support the incredible patients and families Dolphin Ward cares for. One of our most recent projects has seen Dolphin Ward undergo an aquatic transformation. With age-appropriate artwork, we hope the ward environment is more welcoming for all. The ward is also home to a new interactive projector encouraging children to move and play after surgery.

To everyone at Lombard – thank you. In using their creativity to fundraise they have made such a difference to Dolphin Ward.

If you want to learn more about how you can help your local community through fundraising at work please get in touch with Helen below.

Head of Fundraising (Corporate)

Helen Haskell

Helen works with our amazing corporate supporters. Contact Helen if your business or company would like to support Bristol Children’s Hospital or if you are keen to find out more about ways we could work together.

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