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Everything about the Bradford's Lord Mayor's Appeal!

The Lord Mayor's Appeal is our annual civic appeal which raises funds for a charity or charities of the Lord Mayor's choosing. This year has been split between two of many needy causes; with half going to Bradford Hospital’s Children’s Charity and half to the “Spread a Smile” appeal.

Bradford Hospital’s Children’s Charity

A new children’s ward is being built in Bradford on the BRI site with state of the art new facilities for acutely poorly children and young people from right across our District. This new build will transform children’s services and really improve the conditions (environment) for young people, children, babies and their parents or carers. The NHS will meet the costs of the new building in terms of the basic essentials but the added extras that will make a hospital stay more bearable and comfortable will not be covered. This is where the Bradford Hospitals Children's Charity comes in. The charity is hoping to raise money for a variety of equipment.

On their wish list is a sensory room, multi-use gym for those children with cystic fibrosis and innovative distraction toys and games as well as beds for parents who are able to stay with their children and help with their care.

“Spread a Smile” appeal

The other half of the Appeal will go to the “Spread a Smile” Appeal which would be a small grant for organisations and smaller groups across the Bradford District. There are some fantastic things going on across the District organised by the community and voluntary sector and often it can be difficult for groups and organisations to find funding for their projects, events and activities. I want to be able to offer these smaller pots of funding to enable any group to fulfill their dreams and enable them to enhance their projects further without having to spend extra time raising money. The “Spread a Smile” Appeal will be beneficial to many groups across the Bradford District rather than just supporting one or two particular charities.