Our engineers have had to solve some strange problems with ovens in their time, but none quite as bizarre as the robotic oven that confronted Wallace & Gromit on their Grand Day Out. If you recall, the oven lived on the moon and sprang into life when Wallace put a coin in its slot as they wandered around the moon’s surface collecting cheese. After attempting to whack Wallace over the head with a truncheon, the cooker tries to hitch a ride on their rocket back to earth so it can learn to ski, but is thwarted by a large explosion.
The link from Wallace & Gromit to AC Services (Southern) may seem a bit tenuous. But there is one. We specialise in repairing, maintaining and servicing Rational ovens and cooking centres, not on the moon, but in professional kitchens in the south and south west of England and in south Wales. And we have decided to sponsor one of the 70 giant fibreglass sculptures of Gromit that are forming a huge art exhibition in Bristol this summer called Gromit Unleashed!
Each of the sculptures is being individually designed and created by invited artists from across the world and will be placed in public spaces, indoors and out, across Bristol and the surrounding area. The exhibition starts on July 5th 1st and ends on September 7th after which all the Gromits will be auctioned off in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal fundraises to support sick children and babies at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Founded in 1995, the Appeal has raised over £21 million towards the first purpose built children’s hospital in the UK and continues to support by funding pioneering medical care and equipment, arts, music and play programmes and accommodation for the sickest children and their families. See www.grandappeal.org.uk
I can’t say much more at this stage as all of us sponsors are bound to keep our chosen Gromit a secret for the time being. It is exciting, though, to be taking part in such a huge show of support from the business community in and around Bristol for the Children’s Hospital. It will be a fantastic draw for the city throughout the summer and, best of all, it is raising money for an amazing cause.
But you can act now for Comic Relief!
By the way, there is still time to support our other charitable project which is for Comic Relief. As you may have read in our a previous blog, one of AC Services Southern’s customers with a Rational oven, chef Richard Davies, is taking part in the Welsh regional heat of BBC Two’s Great British Menu.
Richard, who is the executive chef at The Manor House Hotel (Bybrook Restaurant), in Castle Combe, will be on our screens on Monday 18th March and will be featuring his Great British Menu at his restaurant as part of Menu Relief during the series. All you have to do is like our Facebook page before his heat and we will donate a £1 to Comic Relief.
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