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The Grand Appeal

Established in 1995, The Grand Appeal is the Bristol Children's Hospital charity.

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Who we are

From the very moment a child or young adult enters Bristol Children's Hospital, The Grand Appeal is here for them. We’re here for the families too, who find themselves – often unexpectedly – in one of the scariest situations a parent or carer can go through.

From pioneering research, innovation and life-saving equipment, to family accommodation and specialist support staff, we provide care, support and a lifeline to enable a family to cope with what lies ahead, whatever the outcome.

But that's not all...

Since 1995, we have worked in partnership with Aardman Animations who generously allow us to use the multi-Academy Award® winning characters Wallace & Gromit to spearhead our fundraising. We work on a regional, national and international level to raise money and engage with a range of fundraisers and partners in support of our cause and to build our brand.

We also run the most successful charity arts trails in the world through Gromit Unleashed, engaging fans in Bristol, the UK, and around the world with truly innovative fundraising events. Whether we are delivering life-changing projects or creating new fundraising concepts, we are constantly developing creative ways to raise more money to help more children.

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Bristol Children's Hospital

Bristol Children’s Hospital is one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals treating over 100,000 patients every year with life-threatening illnesses from Bristol, the South West of England, South Wales and beyond. The Hospital covers the largest geographical area of any children’s hospital in England, and serves the whole area with the only dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Major Trauma Unit. It is an international, national and regional specialist centre of excellence for a range of services including neurosurgery, burns, epilepsy, cardiac, leukaemia and bone marrow transplants.

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Read our latest Impact Report here:

Read our latest Annual Report here:

Annual Report 2018

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Annual Report 2018


We're proud to have our work recognised by many national, regional and trade awards, including:

CIPR Award
CIPR Pride Awards Logo 2
Licensing Awards 2014 logo 2
Just Giving Awards
cipr 2014
Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2013
Third Sector Awards 2014
third sector awards 2016 2
Charity Times Award 2016
Licensing Awards 2016
national fundraising awards logo
CIPR 2016
Bristol, Bath, Somerset Awards
Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2017
Bristol Life Awards
Business Charity Awards logo 4

Find out more about what we do...