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Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character

Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character Credit: Aardman

Bristol animation Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of the nation's favourite children's TV cartoon characters.

Created by Aardman Animations, who also made Wallace and Gromit, Shaun beat Postman Pat and Sooty & Sweep in the Radio Times survey. They came second and third respectively.

11 thousand watch return of Morph

15 new episodes have been funded by fans from across the world. Credit: ITV News West Country

More than 11 thousand people have logged on to watch the first episode from the brand new series of Morph less than 24 hours since it appeared online.

Morph was one of Aardman Animations very first successes and he's being brought up to date with his very own YouTube channel. 15 new episodes have been funded by the £110,000 raised by fans from across the world.

Watch the 1 minute episode here.

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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.

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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