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Ashton Gate to host Lord Mayor Gala Dinner

The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal is delighted to be partnering with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) for the first time.

The Appeal raises £66,000 every year to provide vouchers at Christmas for some of the city’s most disadvantaged children and young people to buy food, clothes and gifts. One of the main fundraisers is a Gala Dinner which this year is happening at Ashton Gate Stadium on 7th March. 

UWE Bristol chose to partner with the charity as part of its commitment to raising aspirations amongst young people in harder to reach areas of the city. 

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at UWE Bristol, Martin Boddy, said:

“We are very proud to partner with the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal, as we share in the Mayor’s very real commitment to making a difference.  Our goal at UWE Bristol is to support and transform  lives across the whole of the city. We are particularly pleased therefore to support what is a very grassroots, community-focused charity making a real difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged young people in Bristol." 

Bruce Simmonds, Chair of the Appeal, said: “This is the first time we have worked with UWE and we are very pleased to have them on board as a partner.  

"Raising aspirations amongst young people in some of our most disadvantaged parts of the city is critical to help them rise above their circumstances.  

"It is hard to believe that we are one of the UK’s most prosperous cities and yet still home to an unacceptable level of inequality."

The event is sponsored by leading law firm Ashfords LLP.

The evening will include entertainment by the UWE Big Band, led by experienced jazz musicians Keith Morgan and Nick Attwood, supported by Ben Waghorn, as well as magician Adrian Pritchard.

Tickets are still available to purchase online at www.lordmayorofbristolappeal.com.  They are priced at £75 or £725 for a table of ten.  This includes a three course meal, entertainment and auction.

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