04 October 2013

Leading UK law firm Burges Salmon is delighted to announce it is the proud new owner of Lancelot, one of more than 80 sculptures in the Gromit Unleashed Auction which last night (3 October) raised £2.3 million for the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

The Auction was hosted by Sotheby's auctioneer and TV antiques presenter Tim Wonnacott who presided over bidders present at the event and others from around the world who joined in online. Thirty volunteers from Burges Salmon supported the Auction providing help with registration and welcoming the guests, ushering, bid spotting, payment processing and taking care of the Gromits.

The firm chose to bid for Lancelot, designed by Paul Smith and painted by Matt Healey, for his colourful coat which blends well with the interior of our head office at One Glass Wharf which will soon be his new home.

Burges Salmon's managing partner, Peter Morris, says: 'We are thrilled to have been successful in bidding for our very own Gromit, Lancelot, and look forward to his arrival in our offices next week. Our congratulations go to all at the Grand Appeal who have worked tirelessly for many months to make Gromit Unleashed such a success.

'We have worked closely with the Grand Appeal in its fund raising efforts the Bristol Children's Hospital for a number of years and in 2012 this fantastic cause was the firm’s Charity of the Year.'

When Gromit Unleashed was announced earlier this year the firm jumped at the chance of becoming a founding sponsor because it was the perfect way to continue our support for the charity. This unique art trail captured the hearts of people in Bristol, across the UK and internationally too and everyone at Burges Salmon feels privileged to have been a part of it and to continue working with the dedicated team at the Grand Appeal.

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