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Child cancer patient raises £2,800 for hospital appeal

Jessica Abrahams and her parents, Melissa and Martin. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has raised £3.8m towards the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital - exceeding its initial target by £300,000.

Three year old Jessica Abrahams, an oncology patient at the hospital, visited the new Children’s Cancer Unit today to view new facilities funded by the appeal.

During her treatment last summer, Jessica and her family visited all 80 giant Gromits in Bristol on a sponsored hunt. It raised £2,800 for the charity.

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Gromits help to raise £3.8m for sick children

The Gromit sculptures ahead of their auction last October. Credit: PA

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has raised £3.8m towards the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital - exceeding its initial target by £300,000.

The charity is now launching a second phase of fundraising to raise an additional £1.2 million for pioneering equipment and services, to bring the total to £5m.

The appeal was boosted by the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail, which saw 80 giant Gromits scattered around Bristol last summer.

The sculptures were auctioned off in October for a total of £2.3m, with one Gromit selling for a staggering £65,000.

Since then, miniature Gromit figurines have been sold at the charity's Cribbs Causeway store. Customers were spending an average of £5,000 per day on merchandise.

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After Gromit, comes Shaun the Sheep

Organisers of Gromit Unleashed say nearly 1.2 million people visited the trail and exhibition this year, contributing £120 million to the Bristol economy.

According to their research, just over half the visitors were from Bristol, two per cent from abroad, and the rest from other parts of the UK.

And organisers have revealed they are working on a new idea for 2015 involving another Aardman Animations character, Shaun the Sheep.

Last week the auction of the Gromit statues raised £2.3 million for Bristol Children's Hospital.

Gromit statue Credit: ITV News West Country

UWE wins 'Sheepdog Gromit' with £23k bid

'Sheepdog' is Trojan horse style Gromit Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The University of the West of England won a Gromit statue with a successful bid of £23,000 at last night's auction.

'Sheepdog' is a Trojan horse style Gromit, with a view of one Aardman's other famous characters - Shaun the Sheep - operating it inside.

The auction raised £2.3 million towards Bristol Children's Hospital.

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