Elmer and his new recruit, Educating Elmer, paid a visit to Castle Hill Infant and Junior School in Ipswich to meet the pupils and say ‘Thank you’ for all the fundraising they are doing.
Castle Hill have committed to having three young Elmer sculptures next year as part of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, the latest art trail from St Elizabeth Hospice. The campaign will see fifty large Elmer sculptures displayed around Ipswich town centre and waterfront throughout the summer of 2019, with 100 ‘young Elmers’ joining the parade too, all in celebration of Elmer and the hospice’s 30th birthdays.
Schools and youth groups are invited to join a fundraising challenge and raise £750 in return for a young Elmer sculpture of their own to design, decorate, display and then keep.
Castle Hill have stepped up and pledged to raise £2,250 for three separate young Elmer sculptures. They have already been hard at work fundraising this year and have several big Christmas projects coming up to help boost their totals, including selling homemade Elmer decorations and hosting a ‘super raffle’.
Hayley Macken, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Elmer coordinator at Castle Hill, said:
“The children were so excited to meet Elmer! We have been talking about this project lots but seeing the sculptures made it real to the pupils and has really inspired them to think about how we can decorate ours next year. It is great to see how popular the Elmer stories are, engaging pupils right across the whole school.”
Norman Lloyd, Campaign Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said:
“We know what a commitment fundraising is for schools and youth groups so are very impressed that Castle Hill are having three Elmers! We hope that by providing a Resource Pack and a special workshop to guide them through the decorating we can help to make it really informative, fun, and useful for all our Learning Herd participants.”
Just 15 out of the 100 young Elmer sculptures are still up for grabs. Any schools, youth groups or organisations that are interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 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 – and is a highlight of the hospice’s busy fundraising calendar.
The campaign is once again being run in conjunction with public art event specialists, Wild in Art, as well as new partner, children’s publisher Andersen Press, which has published Elmer since 1989. Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since the first book was published with its important but subtle inclusive messaging; that it is ‘OK to be different’.