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30 Trailmakers for 30 Years

'Selfie' of Norman Lloyd and Elmer

In just three months’ time, 55 beautifully painted, unique sculptures will be brightening up the parks and open spaces of Ipswich town centre and waterfront as part of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, St Elizabeth Hospice’s latest art trail, organised in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press.

And don’t forget the Learning Herd of 85 young Elmer sculptures, currently being decorated by schools and youth groups across the area, who will also be displayed in all their glory in herds across the town!

Since November 2016, the Elmer team have been hard at work preparing the trail but with the launch date drawing ever nearer, the time has now come to look for some additional help. This week they are launching a recruitment drive to find 30 Elmer Trailmakers, representing the 30 years being celebrated this year by both Elmer and the hospice.

Campaign Manager, Norman Lloyd, said:

“With our previous trail Pigs Gone Wild, it quickly became apparent that having good Trailmakers is absolutely essential for the smooth running of the trail and the wider campaign. It was such an exciting, busy time when the sculptures were all installed in their locations around Ipswich and we really relied on having that additional support from our team of wonderful volunteers. We are looking forward to creating a new team of Elmer Trailmakers, or Elmer Guardians, as they have also been called!”

The Elmer Trailmakers will be the public face of the parade. They will be out and about on the trail, ready to welcome, inform and assist any visitors they may meet. In addition, they are the eyes and ears of the team back at Elmer HQ, looking after the sculptures and working as part of a team to ensure the smooth and successful running of this high profile campaign.

This is a unique opportunity for sociable, enthusiastic volunteers to use their passion for Ipswich, St Elizabeth Hospice and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk to inform and inspire the community.

Patrick Eade, a former Pigs Gone Wild Trailmaker, said:

“If Elmer is anything like the Pigs we can look forward to an influx of visitors and a huge feel-good factor this summer. It was great being a Trailmaker and meeting so many people – Suffolk folk are a hospitable lot with a keen sense of fun so Elmer is bound to be a success. Science has proven that elephants have great memories, I’m sure seeing 140 Elmers in Ipswich this summer is going to be something we will never forget!”

St Elizabeth Hospice will be running an information session on Saturday 27 April for anyone interested in finding out more. If you are aged 18 or over, enjoy meeting and talking to new people and are looking for something fun to do in summer, this could be just the role for you. To register your interest or have an informal chat about the role please contact Sue Joy on 01473 707016 or email volunteer@stelizabethhospice.org.uk.

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk comes to Ipswich from June to September 2019. It follows the successful ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ art trail in 2016, which attracted around 250,000 visitors to Ipswich and boosted the local economy by an estimated £1 million. It raised £200,000 for the hospice – enough to fund one week’s care.

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk - A Wild in Art event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk – A Wild in Art event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice