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Fearless fundraiser reaches Pride of Britain final

At 86 years’ old, John Wilkins is no ordinary Grandfather. Over the last 16 years, the Clevedon-based daredevil and The Grand Appeal skydiving team have raised nearly a staggering £300,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital. In 1996, almost a year after The Grand Appeal was founded, John undertook his first skydive for the charity, going on to jump over 40 more times and to recruit 500 fellow skydivers from his stall in Bristol Children’s Hospital Reception, where he has volunteered for over 20 years.

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Dad to tackle 2018's Bath Half for daughter Kate

Earlier this year, 12-year-old Kate was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital after she was diagnosed with E. coli and HUS, a severe complication from the infection. This is her story, in her own words.

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Land's End cycle champions return!

Thanks to some serious pedal power from our brilliant team of 18 cyclists, the Land's End to Bristol team came home victorious, having covered 240 (hilly!) miles in just four days, raising nearly £40K for our Emergency Department Appeal and the bereavement services at Bristol Children's Hospital.  Our intrepid cyclists covered much of the catchment area that the children’s hospital covers, including Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, and we are in awe of their outstanding achievement!

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A winning year for The Grand Appeal!

2017 has been a brilliantly busy year for us all here at The Grand Appeal, with a huge number of fundraisers taking on some truly fantastic challenges to raise thousands for Bristol Children’s Hospital. We’ve also announced our 2018 trail, celebrated Morph’s 40th with an exhibition at our Gromit Unleashed shop, started construction of our new family accommodation, and launched a brand new appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department! And that’s not all…

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Bristol Energy has the fundraising power!

We’re delighted that Bristol Energy has chosen to support The Grand Appeal this year, by pledging up to £30 every time someone switches to Bristol Energy using the quote “GrandApp1”. Bristol Energy is a local, independent energy supplier owned by Bristol City council, and their profits are reinvested back into the city, supporting local communities.

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Zero Fox Little Warriors

“This is our way of supporting all ‘Little Warriors’ in the hospital” When ZERO FOX co-founders Becky and Rob found that they couldn’t find edgy children’s wear for their daughter, they used their creative skills to create their own brand. After the launch of their company, they wanted give back to the community and are supporting us through the sale of their new ‘Little Warrior’ t-shirts. The charity is close to Becky and Rob’s hearts as their daughter Autumn Fox was treated in the Hospital when she was just 3 weeks old.

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Doctors Swim the Channel

In less than a week’s time, a team of six doctors and surgeons from Bristol children’s hospital will battle 21 miles of tidal water, waves and strong currents, as they swim the English Channel to raise money for The Grand Appeal. The team have spent the last year training, with the aim of raising £10,000 to create a specialist bereavement cubicle within PICU, to give families a much needed private space to say goodbye to their children.

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Kate's epic Iceland Trek!

Our Community Fundraiser Kate is embarking on an incredible 6 day trekking challenge in Iceland, and we wish her all the luck in the world! Kate has worked at The Grand Appeal for the past year, and is a familiar face to our supporters in the community, helping people make the most of their fundraising and supporting their challenges. Kate is trekking 60 miles in just 6 days and below she explains why she decided to fundraise: 

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