Celebrity Support & Brand Collaborations

We are thrilled to work in collaboration with a range of inspiring and creative brands, celebrities and artists in truly unique ways.

Here are just a few partners we are proud to have collaborated with to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital.

Disney Pixar

Disney Pixar designed the incredible ‘Gromit Lightyear’ sculpture at Disney Pixar HQ in California where a team led by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Director of Toy Story, bought this incredible sculpture to life.

Watch the ‘making of Gromit Lightyear’ film  above to discover how the team at Pixar transformed one iconic character into another!

 

Sir Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin Blake is best known for his distinctive illustrative style, which he used in his design for his Gromit ‘Gizmo’. Quentin painted children ‘flying’ all over Gromit, which raised an amazing £32 000 at auction for Bristol Children’s Hospital. 

Artist Sir Quentin Blake was thrilled by the prospect of drawing on such a peculiar shape "As soon as I was asked to do it, I signed up immediately! There aren’t many Gromit-shaped sheets of paper!"

Cath Kidston Ltd

We’ve worked in partnership with Cath Kidston for 4 years collaborating on their iconic "Paradise Bunch" and “Antique Rose” prints and as a charity partner for a range of retail products.  Buy the Antique Rose figurine here!  

Cath Kidston say: "We are proud to be supporting The Grand Appeal supporting sick children at Bristol Children’s Hospital. We hope that the money raised help this wonderful and worthwhile charity and all the children and families that it supports".

Jools Holland OBE

Renowned legend of the music industry Jools Holland, created the only musical Gromit on the trail in 2013. Jools made a piece of music especially for ‘Bumble Boogie’, which raised £20 000 to support our charity.

Jools says "When I got a letter from Nick Park asking me to be involved, I was absolutely delighted, and I decided I would make a musical contribution!"

DreamWorks

Shrek Shaun was created, to the delight of fans all over the world and collaborating with internationally renowned film studio DreamWorks was a highlight of the year for the Grand Appeal.

Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation says: "We are truly thrilled to help support Bristol Children's Hospital and its wonderful charity The Grand Appeal which continues to have a profound impact, helping to ensure that sick and their families can experience their own creative adventures in the future."

 

Hello Kitty

The Grand Appeal teamed up with Sanrio to create a Hello Kitty Shaun sculpture with this enduring global brand complete with her trademark pink bow and sweet expression.

Hello Kitty is a truly cult phenomenon, and millions of fans visited the sculpture in London’s Canary Wharf over the Spring of 2015.

Joanna Lumley OBE

Joanna Lumley is an award-winning British actress, and national treasure! In 2013 Joanna kindly designed a Gromit sculpture for the charity, inspired by her favourite poetry and literature. ‘Poetry in Motion’ raised £35,000 to help sick children. 

Joanna says: "I have always loved poetry and something made me think that Gromit does too. On him I have written masses of fragments of poems, all of which I have stored up in my head since childhood. I am very proud of Gromit and thrilled to be included in this project for Bristol Children's Hospital." 

The Gruffalo Gromit

What better partnership than a loveable canine and a loveable monster? The Gruffalo is one of the world’s best-loved monsters and we were delighted to team up with Axel Scheffler, the man famous for bringing him to life, delighting children and adults the world over. The Gruffalo Gromit went onto be made into one of our most popular figurines. Buy him here!

Axel says: "It's wonderful to see my Gruffalo Gromit design come to life and I'm delighted to support Bristol Children's Hospital in such a creative way!”

David Gandy

Designed by the world’s most famous male supermodel David Gandy, his ‘Fine and Dandy’ Shaun was the most stylish sheep in London, in his impeccable Henry Poole & Co suit.

David says: "I have always been a huge fan of Aardman - not only is the Shaun in the City project a great way to raise money and awareness for the Grand Appeal, but what better way to showcase the best of British style?"

 

Dame Zandra Rhodes

Dame Zandra Rhodes is famous for her iconic designs, and vibrant style. In 2015 Zandra designed a shocking pink Shaun the Sheep sculpture, featuring her distinctive gold “wiggle” pattern to help sick children in Bristol Children’s Hospital. 

Zandra said “I loved seeing my Shaun out in the wild in London, it was absolutely fabulous and I was very excited to see how much money my sculpture raised at auction.”

Harry Hill

Comedian Harry Hill designed the world’s first bald Gromit for Gromit Unleashed in 2013 - ‘A Close Shave’ raised £24 000 at auction for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Harry says "Wallace and Gromit are iconic British characters - you feel a certain responsibility before you start to splash the paint on. I'm not quite bald but I'm balding, so I've shaved Gromit back to his pink skin and put a bit of stubble on him!  Bristol's a great city and you can't get a much better cause than raising money for a children's hospital.”

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik is famous worldwide for his music career and lent his artistic talent to creating the 'Green Gromit' for Gromit Unleashed. 

 Zayn says "I'm absolutely delighted to be able to lend my support to Gromit Unleashed to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal. Being asked to design and paint a Gromit was an absolute honour!"

 

Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs is a national treasure, most famous for one of the UK’s favourite Christmas films, The Snowman.  He designed his Gromit covered in snow, complete with a scarf and a red nose. The Snow Gromit made £32,000 at auction for sick children. The figurine can be purchased here

Raymond says “Nick Park is one of my heroes. So when he asked me to paint a Gromit for him, I could scarcely believe it. I must get on with it now, but we can’t get it through the door!”

Martin Freeman

Star of Sherlock and The Hobbit, Martin Freeman paid a visit to our Shear-lock Holmes sculpture on our London Shaun in the City Trail.

Martin was delighted to support The Grand Appeal as a big fan of Shaun the Sheep!

Mel Giedroyc

Mel Giedroyc, star presenter of the Great British Bake Off, was only too happy to support The Grand Appeal and hang out with our 'Star Bake' Shaun the Sheep sculpture! 

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran supported The Grand Appeal by attending the charity premiere of Shaun the Sheep: The Movie in Leicester Square, London. Sheer baa-rilliance!

Stephen Merchant

International comedy star, writer and actor Stephen Merchant kindly took time out from his busy filming schedule to don the cheesiest pair of  long, wrong trousers we could find, shot at the iconic Hippodrome venue, to encourage fellow Bristolians to get involved in Wrong Trousers Day. 

Stephen said “As the leggiest Bristolian I know, except that bloke who was Darth Vadar, I'm proud to don my stylish cheese-themed Wrong Trousers and support The Grand Appeal. Bristol Children’s Hospital is vital to the South West, and local families like mine. The charity does amazing work to improve the lives of sick children."

Simon's Cat

One iconic character met another in Simon Tofield's Doodles sculpture! We are so delighted to have worked with Simon on both Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital.

All Simon’s illustrations were drawn straight in pen on his sculpture, as it made him really think about what he was doing before he put the line down!

Buy the figurine here!