South Gloucestershire's Gromit statues will be auctioned off next Wednesday to raise money for charity.

The Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail took place over the summer, with Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury and Winterbourne taking part.

Chipping Sodbury businesses and the Chamber of Commerce contributed to getting the statue for the town, whilst A J Homes sponsored the statue on Flaxpits Lane in Winterbourne.

Thornbury Chamber of Commerce also worked hard with other groups to bring Gromit to the town for the first time.

The sculptures were in place from July 2nd until early September, with hundreds of thousands of trail visitors taking part in the 67 statue trail.

At the conclusion of the trail the Gromit's are rounded up and put on display in a grand exhibition. Then on Wednesday, October 3 they are auctioned off to raise money for The Grand Appeal charity.

The charity works at providing funds pioneering and lifesaving medical equipment and research into new and better treatments to improve childhood health.

It also provides family accommodation and family support to parents and siblings, as well as ensuring the hospital is a vibrant and child-friendly environment for all.

The Grand Appeal has supported the hospital for over 20 years, and helps patients, their families, and the staff that care for them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Nicola Masters, the Director of The Grand Appeal revealed her delight that the trail was so well supported in the area.

"It’s been an absolutely incredible summer, seeing so many people from across the world take on our trail." She said.

"Each sculpture is unique and a truly special take on Nick Park’s much-loved characters, and bidders will certainly be spoilt for choice on which one they’d like to take home.

"We’re really excited to raise even more money for the wonderful Bristol Children’s Hospital, which

we’re proud to have worked in partnership with over the last 20 years."

Gromit Unleashed 2 was the first public arts trail in the world to feature interactive sculptures.

It follows on from the success of The Grand Appeal’s previous two trails with Aardman: Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City, which raised over £6 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Trail visitors came from across the UK and overseas, spending a combined 34,000 days sculpture hunting, whilst covering a distance of over 1.25 million miles.