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20 May 2016

The Grand Appeal launches Wrong Trousers Day 2016

Get your weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful trousers at the ready: Wallace & Gromit's Wrong Trousers Day is back! 

Inspired by the classic Oscar®-winning Wallace & Gromit film,The Wrong Trousers,onFriday 24 Juneschools, offices, groups and individuals from all over the South West will be donning their own "wrong trousers" to raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

The annual event gives schools, companies, clubs, societies and individuals the chance to celebrate their craziest clothing, and The Grand Appeal is urging supporters across the region to get involved.

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It couldn't be simpler to take part, just pay £1 to ditch the dress code and step out in something sillier. Everyone and anyone can join in and you can dress up in whatever you want, from sports kit and sparkly sequins to funky flares and fake fur - even a tutu! On Wrong Trousers Day, it's right to look wrong!

Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit, and Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton were among supporters across the region who posed in their own wrong trousers to launch this year's event. The trio were photographed on set at Aardman studios.

Also donning some unusual uniforms ahead of this year's Wrong Trousers Day were the University of Bristol Medical School Rugby Team, officers from the Avon and Somerset Mounted Police and students at Bristol Tae-Kwon-Do Academy, part of the South West TAGB, in Redfield.

The Grand Appeal is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and recently announced it has raised £40million since it was founded in 1995. 

Nicola Masters, director, The Grand Appeal, said, "The Grand Appeal's first Wrong Trousers Day was held back in 1997 and took the South West by storm. Since then, the event has raised more than £1.5 million for sick children. This year's Wrong Trousers Day is taking place on Friday 24 June and we're calling on schools, companies and groups across the region to help us make it bigger and better than ever!

"We hope to see thousands of people taking the opportunity to dig out their very best wrong trousers for the day. Whatever you wear, make it right to look wrong and help us raise even more vital funds to transform the lives of critically-ill children at Bristol Children's Hospital."

Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit and director ofThe Wrong Trousers, said, "Wrong Trousers Day is always such cracking fun. It's a really simple way to help The Grand Appeal support sick children and their families, and the best part is absolutely anyone can get involved! I hope that people across the South West are inspired to follow Wallace's lead and wear their wrong trousers on Friday 24 June."

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This year's Wrong Trousers Day is once again sponsored by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, the UK's largest provider of specialist medical nutrition products. 

Cem Kucukcan, General Manager, Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, said, "We are proud to support such a fantastic event which helps bring everyone together and have fun, at the same time as raising awareness of the charity and raise funds which in turn brings much needed support for those families locally. It is amazing to see just what people do have tucked away in their wardrobes!"

For more information and to sign up for your Wrong Trousers Day fundraising pack, visit .

The Grand Appeal funds lifesaving medical equipment, pioneering facilities, arts, music and play therapy and family accommodation at Bristol Children's Hospital. In the last 21 years, the charity has raised more than £40 million.

For more information on how you can support The Grand Appeal in its 21st anniversary year, visit