“Started in the 1920’s to buy Bristol’s poor children Christmas dinner and boots”

“Started in the 1920’s to buy Bristol’s poor children Christmas dinner and boots”

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 £66,000 each year to give 1,650 children and young people a better Christmas. Each child receives a £20 voucher for gifts or clothing and a £20 voucher for food. These children are the city’s most disadvantaged and these vouchers make a real difference to their Christmas.

Individuals, schools and businesses generously support The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal, through donations, fundraising activities and in-kind and media support. People help the charity through donations and by buying tickets for the carol concert, the annual dinner, and other events.

Administration and fundraising costs are kept to an absolute minimum because volunteers from the city’s Rotary, Round Table, Lions, Soroptimist clubs and others give so much of their time.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal works closely with social workers to ensure that the vouchers go to those children who need them most. Social workers also liaise with Bristol doctors and teachers to ensure we don’t miss any of the most disadvantaged of children who are aged under 16 (or aged under 18 if the child has a disability). We believe that all children deserve a good Christmas.

Please help make a real difference to Bristol’s poorest children this  Christmas, and give your support. Donate online now, nominate The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal as your company’s or school’s ‘Charity of the Year’, hold a collection after your school’s nativity play, and buy tickets for our fundraising events.


Today’s Lord Mayor of Bristol

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jos Clark

Cllr Clark grew up in Keynsham where her father still lives, attending Broadlands School. Jos graduated from Bath Spa University before completing a post-graduate diploma in social work and a Master's degree in social work at the University of Bristol. 

Jos was first elected to Bristol City Council in 2003, representing Hengrove ward for eight years. In that time, Jos served as the exec member responsible for children's services, was chair of the children's services scrutiny committee and also served on the fire authority. 

She was returned to the council chamber at the 2016 council elections where she stood and won in her home ward of Brislington West.

Since re-election, Jos has been an active member at City Hall, serving as Chair of the Audit Committee and once more on the fire authority.  Jos has lived in Brislington for seventeen years, is a keen cyclist and drives an electric car. 


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