Supporting Charities in the Local Community
Cribbs are delighted to announce their support for three local charities over 2023.
As a centre point of the community, Cribbs is aiming to support those who help so many in the local area.
Three local charities have been selected to receive support over the course of 2023, Henbury & Brentry Community Centre; Feeding Bristol, and Baby Bank Network Bristol. The charities will benefit from fundraising, Cribbs staff volunteer time and cash donations from the money thrown into the Cribbs central fountain.
Henbury & Brentry Community Centre
Located close to Cribbs, Henbury & Brentry Community Centre are a lifeline for the local community. During the pandemic, they packaged and delivered food parcels to those in need which is an initiative they have continued to offer, whilst also using the Community Centre as a food bank collection point. The Centre currently operates as a warm space for the community and offers heavily subsidized hot meals to visitors via their community café. They also take part in other initiatives to better the locality such as on site recycling collections.
Feeding Bristol is an umbrella organization which exists to influence the city, to see a zero hunger Bristol. They aim to kick start other initiatives and projects which aim to reduce food poverty in the city, for example the Healthy Holidays project in conjunction with Fareshare which sourced 50,000 meals for children in Bristol who were at risk of Holiday hunger. They help to shine a light on food poverty and ways to combat this – running a ‘Food Justice Fortnight’ in the summer.
Baby Bank Network Bristol
Baby Bank Network Bristol are a Bristol-based volunteer-run charity that works to alleviate child poverty. They support families when they are due to welcome a newborn by collecting pre-loved items such as baby clothes, sleeping bags and toys, and prams, cots and bouncers, and fundraise to buy new mattresses, toiletries and bottle teats, and pass them on to families in need.
Baby Bank Network receive referrals from health visitors, children’s centres and other charities and collate bespoke packs for women and children fleeing domestic and sexual abuse, people escaping modern slavery, families coming out of homelessness, refugees and low-income families.
Cribbs are proud supporters of The Grand Appeal, which helps patients and families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
In 2014 Cribbs was a proud sponsor of The Gromit Unleashed campaign and hosted a public auction of specially designed Gromit sculptures, which raised £2.3 million for The Grand Appeal. Cribbs is also home to the Gromit Unleashed pop up store, which sells a fantastic range of Wallace & Gromit merchandise, Gromit Unleashed figurines and a cracking selection of gifts and memorabilia. All profits from sales of their merchandise go to Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.
Shaun in the City
Following the runaway success of Gromit Unleashed, a 'baa-rilliant' public arts trail hit the streets of Bristol in 2015. Shaun in the City saw giant sculptures of Gromit's pal, Shaun the Sheep, popping up in new pastures to raise money for The Grand Appeal. Cribbs were proud to be a 'leader of the flock' sponsor for Shaun in the City.
Gromit Unleashed 2
The success of Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City continued in 2018 with Gromit Unleashed 2! Gromit is back, and this time he's brought his friend Wallace and arch nemesis, Feathers McGraw, with him! The Mall was proud to sponsor a special sculpture of Wallace as Star Trek's 'Spock' and also hosted two further sculptures, Gromit P. Sullivan and In-Cog-Nito, as part of the sculpture trail. Raising money for the Grand Appeal, the trail ran through summer 2018 and Cribbs then played host to the trail exhibition - 'The Greatest Dog Show On Earth 2' in September 2018.
Cribbs has formed strong links with local schools and colleges through different initiatives and is proving to be a great venue for students undertaking project work in geography, tourism, and business studies.
Schools and colleges can visit Cribbs and carry out surveys with customers. These visits must be arranged in advance. For more information, please contact us on 0117 915 5555.
When it opened in 1998 Cribbs promised to bring the best in national and international retail to the South West – and it succeeded. Retailing has changed significantly in recent years and we want to invest to enable the centre to develop, so it can continue to deliver on that promise for future generations.