Elephant trail looks for lockdown knitters and stitchers!

Organisers of the city’s 2021 elephant trail are calling upon enthusiastic knitters and stitchers to start casting on for an autumn ‘makeathon’.


Worcester’s Big Parade, A Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, is encouraging residents to donate handmade elephants to support the project.


Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager for St Richard’s Hospice, explained: “We are calling all keen knitters, stitchers and elephant lovers to get their needles at the ready and get making; especially during November when we’re all staying home to stay safe.


“We received a fantastic response to our call for handmade giraffes in 2018, from the gigantic to the cute and cuddly. And we hope Worcester’s wonderful makers will get behind us once again so that soft toy elephants can be available during the trail in 2021 for a donation towards our care.  All the money raised will help us continue to be there for patients living with serious progressive illnesses and their loved ones too.”


A choice of knit, crochet and felt patterns to inspire creativity – some kindly donated by hospice supporters – are available on the Worcester’s Big Parade website at https://worcestersbigparade.co.uk/elephant-patterns/


One crochet enthusiast who’s already taken up the challenge is Rosie Griffiths, who also works for St Richard’s Hospice.


Speaking about her involvement, Rosie said: “In the current circumstances, I really wanted to do something positive to support St Richard’s and which helps bring our local community together in challenging times.  I love crafts – and the elephant theme – so enjoyed crocheting the elephants as a small gesture of my support for Worcester’s Big Parade.  Hopefully they will bring a smile to someone’s face next summer.”


Finished elephants should be sent to Sara Matthews, Fundraising Department, St Richard’s Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2QT, with the sender’s details inside the packaging so each maker can be thanked. The lovingly made creations will then be available for a donation to the hospice in the Worcester’s Big Parade city centre pop-up shop throughout the trail.


The parade of elephant sculptures will arrive in Worcester for an eight-week art trail, hoofing it into the city on Monday 12 July.  A spectacular showcase of at least 30 painted elephant sculptures will grace the city’s streets and open spaces to form a free, open air trail.


Alongside the large sculptures will be a display of around 30 elephant calf sculptures, created by schools and community groups, on show in the city’s shop windows and Crowngate Shopping Centre.


The trail will be a fantastic way to showcase both the city and county to tourists and residents alike once again.


There will be an app in time for the trail too – which will be available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.


Once the trail has ended, there will be a final chance to see all of the sculptures together before the large elephants are auctioned to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.  It will be an important fundraiser for the Worcester-based hospice which, like many charities, has faced fundraising challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.


You can follow Worcester’s Big Parade at www.facebook.com/WorcestersBigParade  www.twitter.com/WorcsBigParade  and www.instagram.com/WorcsBigParade


Worcester’s Big Parade is supported by partners Crowngate, Worcester City Council, Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), Worcester News and BBC Hereford and Worcester.


There is still time to sponsor an elephant. To get involved call 01905 763963 and ask for Sara Matthews, email smatthews@strichards.org.uk or visit https://worcestersbigparade.co.uk/get-involved/


To find out more, visit www.worcestersbigparade.co.uk


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