A city primary school taking part in this summer’s elephant art trail around Worcester has raised a mammoth sum for the charity hosting the event.
Children from Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell have 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 that St Richard’s provides to patients and their families locally, the school said they wanted to help the Worcestershire-based hospice.
Mrs Hughes, Headteacher, of Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell, 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.
“We know that St Richard’s Hospice does great work helping local patients and families create lasting memories every day – in even the most challenging of times – so wanted to show our support for their care.
“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.”
A Wild in Art event, being brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, elephants will march into Worcester on 12 July before departing again on 5 September. 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
Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We’re absolutely blown away Tudor Grange Primary Academy’s incredible fundraiser and offer a heartfelt thank you to the whole school family, including teachers, parents and pupils who have given so generously.
“Worcester’s Big Parade is our way of saying thank you to our amazing local community; helping them reconnect with friends, with family and with the city after a year of staying home to stay safe. Of course, it’s also an opportunity to fundraise for the hospice’s future and the free care that we provide to patients and their loved ones across the county.
“With more than three quarters of our funding coming from our incredible supporters, we couldn’t do what we do without such wonderful support from local people.”
Worcester’s Big Parade is supported by partners Crowngate, Worcester City Council, Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), DRPG, West Midland Safari Park the Worcester News and BBC Hereford & Worcester.