The Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal is made up of a group of dedicated committee members who meet regularly to vote, discuss and organise  fundraising events throughout the year.



Bruce Simmonds, Appeal Chairman and Honorary Treasurer

Bruce Simmonds, Appeal Chairman and Honorary Treasurer

Bruce Simmonds joined the Appeal Committee in 1974 and was appointed as Honorary Treasurer shortly afterwards.  In later years, he took over as Chair.  His strong commitment is driven by his stand for happy and cared for children.

"I realise how lucky and privileged I was in my childhood and, similarly, how our two boys have been. To help disadvantaged children is very natural to me and long may this continue.

I get huge satisfaction in all the aspects of the Appeal, including - amongst many things- the settling of the invoices which are sent to me for the encashment of the vouchers! This means that those for whom we wish to support have received the food, the clothes and/or the toys in time to make their Christmas so much better and happier than it would have been without us."

In the period in which Bruce has been involved in the charity, he has been responsible for the raising of in excess of, £2.5million and was awarded the Lord Mayor of Bristol Medal in 2017.


Chair:  Bruce Simmonds

Secretary:  David Powell


Tracey Bastin

Triona Doran

Leigh Mitchell

Liz Newcomb

Marion Reid

Chris Rowe

Karen White