Helping the city’s most disadvantaged children and young people at Christmas time

The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal


The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal is a registered charity that raises money throughout the year to help the city’s most disadvantaged children and young people at Christmas time.

Every year, more and more children in Bristol face a bleak Christmas. It is one of the UK’s most prosperous cities but shockingly has the highest proportion of young people in poverty in the South West. Lawrence Hill is one of the UK’s poorest areas with 60% of children in poverty

Our volunteers work throughout the year to raise a total of £82,500 through a gala dinner, carol concert and other events. Through the generosity of individuals, schools, organisations and businesses, we are able to help a total of 1,650 of the city’s children who are most in need. These vouchers are administered by Bristol City Council. This allows us to give each child a £15 voucher for gifts or clothing and a £35 voucher for food.

This year, more than ever, we need your support to help children in Bristol.

Our History

The Appeal started in the 1920s, when it was known as the Lord Mayor’s Fund, and raised money to “give the city’s poor children a Christmas dinner and boots”.

Today, the Lord Mayor of Bristol is Patron of The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal which raises £82,500 each year to give 1,650 children a better Christmas.

How To Support Us

You can support us by attending an event, or donating online Donate online or send a cheque to the address on the “support us” page

Our Events

Watch this space! Annual events like our gala dinner and santa’s sleigh have been a hit in past years, and we also have other events hosted in collaboration with our supporters throughout the year.

If you have an idea for an event, that you would like to use to support the Lord Mayor of Bristol Children Appeal – we would love to hear from you. Contact us here.

Upcoming Events

Recent Updates & News

Our Supporters

Helping Bristol’s children, thanks to our volunteers and supporters

Every pound matters! We keep administration costs to a minimum, relying on the support of volunteers drawn from Bristol’s Rotary, Round Table, Lions, Soroptimist clubs and others. We also have so many local businesses that provide us with such incredible support every year, here is a few of them, please see our supporters page for more information.

We Need Your Help