There are only 25 more chances for schools, nurseries or youth groups in Ipswich to win a full size Elmer sculpture. This fantastic opportunity is open to any school, youth group or organisation that signs up to be in Elmer’s Learning Herd, part of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk campaign which is coming to Ipswich next summer.
By pledging to raise £750, participating groups not only receive a free young Elmer sculpture to design, decorate, display, and then keep for themselves, but are also entered into a competition where the top fundraiser will win a full size Elmer sculpture of their own to keep. The winner will be based on fundraising per head which means even the smallest groups and schools have the chance to win!
Carrie Ferguson, Vice Principal at Cliff Lane Primary School in Ipswich said;
“All of the staff and pupils at Cliff Lane are so excited that we can be part of the Elmer campaign. We already loved the Elmer books so it is fantastic to be getting our very own young Elmer that we can decorate as we like. We’ve all got our fingers crossed that our fundraising efforts will pay off to be in with a chance of winning the big Elmer too – we’ve reached our target of £750 so are well on the way but we will just have to see what happens!”
Norman Lloyd, Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk Campaign Manager, said:
“The 75 schools and youth groups that have already signed up are doing really well. Elmer is such a great character for us to be working with; as well as all the crucial fundraising our groups are doing for the hospice, he can also help us share some really important messages about inclusivity and diversity with young people in Suffolk. This really is such an enjoyable project for young people to get involved with – the ‘tons of fun for everyone’ strapline couldn’t be truer!”
The Learning Programme is integrated with Key Stage 1 and 2 and contains a resource booklet including classroom guides, lesson plans, fundraising support and health and well-being suggestions.
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 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’.
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 – and is a highlight of the hospice’s busy fundraising calendar.
There are only 25 young Elmers remaining so anyone who is interested in becoming a member of Elmer’s Learning Herd should get in touch as soon as possible.