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07 October 2016

The Grand Appeal celebrates 21st anniversary with special gifts for staff and patients at Bristol children’s hospital

The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity, is celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2016, and to mark the occasion it is giving every patient and member of staff at Bristol Children's Hospital a special gift.

The charity has delivered more than 170 'Stats The Way We Did It, Lad!' Gromit figurines to the hospital: one for every patient.

GA stats and badges

The bright pink pooch is a miniature version of one of the giant Gromit sculptures created as part of the charity's overwhelmingly successful 'Gromit Unleashed' trail in Bristol in 2013. Designed by one of Aardman's senior designers Gavin Strange, he is covered in facts, figures and top trivia all about Aardman's studios, which it stood outside during the trail.

The sculpture was donated to the children's hospital on long-term loan by its new owners after the charity auction, and has become a familiar sight at the hospital for patients.

The charity has also gifted each member of hospital staff a special 21st anniversary pin badge:  more than 1400 in total!

The Grand Appeal was established in 1995 to help raise the funds needed to build a brand new, state-of-the-art children's hospital in Bristol: the first in Europe designed specifically around children. In 21 years it has gone on to generate an incredible £40million, funding groundbreaking medical equipment, patient comforts and facilities, and family accommodation.

2016 also marks the 150th anniversary of the children's hospital in Bristol, and Aardman's 40th anniversary.

Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman and chairman of The Grand Appeal visited the hospital's cardiac ward to present the first of the special birthday gifts to staff and patients.

Peter Lord said, "The Grand Appeal's 21st anniversary and the £40million it has raised since it was founded is a fantastic achievement and a true cause for celebration. The fact that it falls in the same year as Aardman's 40th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the children's hospital makes it even more special.

"The money The Grand Appeal has raised has made an enormous difference to the lives of these young patients, and I am very proud of the part that Aardman and our characters Wallace & Gromit have had to play in that success. It has been a great honour to remain so closely involved with the charity's work over the last 21 years and look forward to many more successes in the future."

Nicola Masters, director, The Grand Appeal, "We are delighted to present these gifts to the children's hospital's staff and patients, to help them feel part of the celebrations in this very special year.

"We are so proud of everything our incredible supporters have helped us to achieve in the past 21 years, all to transform the lives of these young patients. From raising millions of pounds towards building the hospital, to funding pioneering medical equipment that is revolutionising treatment for some of the most complex conditions, to our new Home from Home Appeal to fund more family accommodation, none of it would have been possible without the ongoing support of our fundraisers."

You can support The Grand Appeal in its 21st anniversary year with a birthday gift of your own!

Make a donation at or by texting 'APPE41 £3' to 70070. Or visit to buy your own 'Stats The Way We Did It, Lad', or browse the full range of the charity's fundraising merchandise, all of which supports Bristol Children's Hospital.