There was a significant amount of publicity surrounding this amazing charity last summer when the Gromit Unleashed trail took Bristol, UK and the world by storm. More than 200,000 people collected maps to take part (The BBC, 2013), this was before all 81 Gromits moved to a central location in Bristol (the home of Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit). It is estimated that 1,1840,00 people took part in the train and/or visited the exhibition. All 81 Gromits were then sold at auction for more than £2.3 million pounds (The BBC, 2013).
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal is the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. Established in 1995,the money that is raised is invested in life-saving medical equipment, family accommodation, patient comforts and programmes such as arts and education for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Totally independent from the NHS, the charity relies on the generous support of the local community, businesses, grant-making trusts and other philanthropic organisations and individuals. (http://www.grandappeal.org.uk/about-us).
There are so many ways in which to get involved with this superb charity – from fundraising and purchasing charity merchandise (the Gromit Unleashed shop at The Mall Cribbs Causeway is still open: http://www.mallcribbs.com/wandg13.php), to making a donation. You can find out more here: http://www.grandappeal.org.uk/get-involved