About Us

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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 a better Christmas. Each child receives a £20 voucher for a toy 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 and Soroptimist clubs 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.

Councillor Jeff Lovell

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The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jeff Lovell

The Lord Mayor was born and raised n Bristol, initially in Filwood before moving to Whitchurch in 1977.  He was educated at Ilminster Avenue and Connaught Road schools where he developed an early talent for sport, going on to represent his school in the West of England Athletics Championships.

Cllr Lovell started his working life as an apprentice at Berger Paints (John Halls) in Hengrove in 1976, before joining Avon Fire Brigade in 1975.  He served at Bedminster and Southmead stations as well as Fire Brigade HQ as head of the photographic and audio visual department.

After retiring in 2005, he was elected a councillor in Filwood, and re-elected in 2011, 2015 and 2016, during which time he achieved a Level 4 Diploma in Local Governance.

Cllr Lovell has been a member of a range of Committees and organisations including Public Safety and protection from 2011-2015 and Chair of the neighbourhoods Scrutiny Commission from 2013-2015.

He is currently a member of the Police and Crime panel and Avon Fire Authority and is a Governor of Knowle DGE and a Board member of the Create centre.

The Lady Mayoress is Mrs Bridget Lovell.


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