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The Grand Appeal celebrates 21 years and £40 million

The Grand Appeal celebrates 21 years and £40 million

Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and has announced that it has so far raised £40 million.

The Grand Appeal was founded in 1995 to raise funds to build a new children’s hospital in Bristol. By 2001, the charity had raised £12 million and the hospital opened its doors. Bristol Children’s Hospital now treats more than 100,000 critically ill children and babies a year, from across the largest geographic area of any children’s hospital in England.

The charity has created a short film to celebrate its anniversary and achievements, and developed a list of 21 fundraising ideas to encourage people to help it raise more funds. 2016 also marks the 150th anniversary of the very first Bristol Children’s Hospital, which opened on Royal Fort Road in 1866.

Nicola Masters, director, The Grand Appeal, said:

“When The Grand Appeal was launched in 1995 we had no idea of the overwhelming support we would receive, and continue to receive, from across Bristol, the South West and South Wales, not least from Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton of Aardman. We are proud that with the public’s incredible support we have raised £40 million in the 21 years since the charity was founded.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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