Speedy youngsters raise cash and awareness of ‘elephant in the room’ - The Evesham Observer

Speedy youngsters raise cash and awareness of ‘elephant in the room’

Evesham Editorial 30th Jun, 2021   0

A COUNTY primary school taking part in this summer’s elephant art trail around Worcester has raised a mammoth sum for St Richard’s Hospice.

Children from Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell completed 13,000 laps of their school track – some dressed as wild animals – to raise an incredible £6,500 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Having painted a baby elephant for Worcester’s Big Parade and learned about the care St Richard’s provides to patients and their families locally, the school said they wanted to help the Worcestershire-based hospice.

Headteacher Rachel Hughes said: “We’re all so excited to be part of Worcester’s Big Parade and the chance to get out and make some happy memories this summer after a challenging year.

“Inspired by the incredible Captain Sir Tom Moore, and the laps he made around his garden, we decide to lap the school track – 13,000 times! Of course, with this summer being all about elephants we made sure some of those laps were made in jungle-inspired costumes too.”

Bringing a unique perspective to mental health, a ‘What’s the Elephant in the Room?’ city centre installation will explore the difference we can all make to ourselves and those around us if we take a moment to see things with new eyes.

A collaborative project between St Richard’s Hospice, Worcestershire-based creative communications agency, DRPG, and mental health awareness partner, Onside, the one of a kind holographic community experience will run in conjunction with Worcester’s Big Parade.

Through an interactive art installation, members of the public will have the chance to become one of 24 virtual ‘community artists’ by creating their very own Worcester’s Big Parade elephant. At the same time, they will share what mental health means to them.

Each week, three artists will be chosen from all entries and featured in the installation located within Worcester’s Crowngate Shopping Centre.

Visit www.whatstheelephant.co.uk for more.

A Wild in Art event, being brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, elephants will march into Worcester on July 12 before departing again on September 5.

The project builds on the hugely successful Worcester Stands Tall giraffe trail in 2018, which saw giraffe sculptures displayed across the city before raising £210,000 for the Worcestershire hospice at auction.

Visit www.worcestersbigparade.co.uk for more.

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