This year marks the 21st anniversary of our charity, and over this time, you have helped us raise an incredible £40million.
Watch our film below to see how you have helped transform the lives of sick children.
2016 was a very important year for Bristol Children’s Hospital, which celebrates its 150th anniversary. The Hospital originally opened in a house in Royal Fort Road in 1866. In 1885 the hospital moved to a new purpose-built building at the top of St. Michael’s Hill, which remained in use until the 1990s.
Our charity was founded in 1995 to raise funds to build a brand new children’s hospital in Bristol, which would replace this outdated Victorian building and be the very first in the UK designed specifically around children.
To launch the charity, beloved Bristol-based animation studios Aardman donated the use of everyone’s favourite duo Wallace & Gromit to spearhead fundraising. With the incredible support of local fundraisers, businesses and trusts, by 2001 we raised an amazing £12million, in time for the new state-of-the-art Bristol Children’s Hospital to open its doors.
Since then we’ve continued to support the hospital in every way we can, funding life-saving medical equipment and pioneering new facilities that keep it among the very best in the country. We also fund patient-friendly artwork, playrooms and therapies to keep children’s comfort and wellbeing at the heart of the hospital.
Now 21 years after we started, we are incredibly proud to have reached a £50million milestone – and we look forward to the next 21 years!
Thank you so much to all our amazing supporters for your dedication, kindness and generosity! To celebrate our anniversary we have a host of exciting events and fundraising ideas coming up over the year, so we hope you’ll get involved and help us mark the occasion. We’ll also be sharing incredible stories and photos from 150 years of Bristol Children’s Hospital, so please check back here for more updates!