Community Info

We absolutely love to get involved in the community and support local projects. Over the last five years, we've been part of many charity projects and have sponsored a large number of local festivals and awards ceremonies.

Gromit Unleashed 2

Gromit Unleashed 2 saw Nick Park's Academy Award®-winning character Gromit return to Bristol for his second starring role in the award-winning charity's sculpture trails, but this time he wasn't alone; the loveable pooch was joined by his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw!

The trail featured over 60 giant sculptures designed by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent. Sculptures were positioned in high footfall and iconic locations around Bristol and the surrounding area, making the perfect family day out around the city and beyond.

Dunkley’s proudly sponsored, Cupid a pasiley patterned Gromit which sat outside our office for the duration of the summer. It is fair to say that everyone fell in love with our adorable pooch, staff and the public alike, as thousands of people came to visit. He well and truely became the ‘top dog’ in Bradley Stoke raising over £630 for The Grand Appeal!

  

Young Enterprise is a not-for-profit business and enterprise education charity in England & Wales. Its mission is 'to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise'.

Young Enterprise

In the academic year 2017/18 Dunkley’s are proudly supporting a team of students from Bradley Stoke Community School to take part in the company programme. The company programme is aimed at students aged between 15 and 19. Students form a business and elect a board of directors from among themselves, raise share capital, then create, sell, and market products, attempting to generate profits. They are supported by a Business advisor, someone who comes in from an external firm to guide and mentor the students through the process. This is where Dunkley’s are getting involved as Nicole Crompton is taking on the challenge.

Keep up to date with all the teams developments by following our company blog

 

DunkleysDinoIn 2017, Dunkley's proudly sponsored a large animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex as part of Bristol Zoo's DinoMania exhibition during the summer months.

Visitors had the chance to experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, and Giganotosaurus in a thrilling walk-through exhibit. They even had the opportunity to become a dino detective while exploring and completing a themed trail, visit the ‘Dino Hub’ and take part in a fossil dig, meet dinosaur experts from The Bristol Dinosaur Project and get involved in a number of interactive dino-themed activities.

Dunkley’s have always had strong links with Bristol Zoo since their involvement in the Wow! Gorilla project. As part of this, Mike and Gill are now Gorilla Guardians and like to get involved as much as they can with supporting the continued development of the Zoo.

 

The Wow! Gorilla project was initiated by Bristol Zoo Gardens, in partnership with Wild in Art. They launched an initiative looking for artists to help design and decorate life-sized gorilla sculptures, which were then placed around Bristol to form a trail.

The aim was to raise awareness of the extinction crisis facing primates in the wild. Dunkley's were one of 60 organisations who sponsored a design.

After the trail, the sculptures were auctioned off and we got our very own Gorilla called Mr Sprinkles which Mike’s daughter Eloise painted! Mr Sprinkles is well and truly part of the Dunkley’s family. We now have him outside our offices to welcome all visitors, and he's become our company mascot! Check him out.  

 

Two Eds are Better than One Gromit Unleashed began with a major public arts trail in the summer of 2013. Giant sculptures of Gromit, Aardman Animation's award-winning character, decorated Bristol’s streets in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

Each of the 80 sculptures was individually decorated by famous names from the worlds of animation, art, fashion, film and music. Dunkley’s sponsored the Gromit called ‘Two Ed’s are better than One’ and it was placed outside our offices on the trail. He soon became the ‘top dog’ in Bradley Stoke with hundreds of people coming to see him each day.  

 

Shaun of the Jungle Shaun in the City took place in 2015. Shaun the Sheep starred in a Bristol and London charity arts trail, organised once again by the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation.

Dunkley’s sponsored one of the 120 colourful, creative sculptures which adorned iconic locations and green spaces across Bristol over the summer. Our Shaun took a walk on the wild side, through the tropical rainforest, to find itself staying at the University of Bristol’s botanical gardens for the length of the trail.

Shaun of the Jungle raised a staggering £6,000 when it was auctioned off – which has made a significant impact on the local charity and families involved.  

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The Thornbury Arts Festival takes place every year and Dunkley’s have been a keen supporter from the beginning. In 2017, we were proud to be the sponsor of Professor Robert Winston’s sold out talk on modifying humans. We look forward to being involved once again next year.  

 

Stars of the Stokes is a community awards event set up by the Willow Brook Centre. They recognise people within the local community for their outstanding community engagement and personal achievements.

The awards started two years ago and Dunkley’s have been proud to sponsor the ‘Star Teacher’ award both years. We're very much looking forward to presenting this award to more well-deserving teachers for many more years to come.  

  

We also have links to nationwide charity Bridge2Aid. They work hard to fight the causes of poverty in some of the poorest communities in the developing world. Bridge2Aid provide training to local healthcare professionals so they can strengthen their skills and provide emergency dental treatment to those who need it within the local community.  

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