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Learning Herd

Next summer, in addition to 55 large Elmer statues that will be parading around Ipswich, the town will also become a playground for a whole herd of young Elmers keen to join in too.

The 84 smaller sculptures, all representing schools and youth organisations from Ipswich and the surrounding area, will also be on display throughout the parade from June to September, in several herds around town.

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As part of the Learning Programme, each school or youth group that has pledged to raise £750 for the hospice has received a blank ‘young Elmer’ sculpture to design and paint. These will be displayed on the trail alongside the large sculptures and then will be returned to them once the parade has ended.

In addition, at the end of the parade they will all be entered into a competition where the top fundraisers 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!

In addition to the sculpture itself, fundraising groups have received a free Elmer big book and a learning programme resource pack integrated with Key Stage 1 and 2, containing a resource booklet including classroom guides, lesson plans, fundraising support and health and well-being suggestions.

Elmer promotes positive messages about inclusivity, courage and friendship and it is hoped our herd of ‘Young Elmers’ will help to create a sense of unity among the young people of Suffolk.

Don’t just take our word for it…

Brian Harvey, ACC Youth Programme, Suffolk Scouting

“Pigs Gone Wild was a fantastic opportunity to help celebrate the Suffolk Beavers 30th Birthday. It brought Beavers from across Suffolk to Ipswich to paint, explore the trail and have fun with friends supporting the wider community.”

Jane Ryder, Sidegate Lane Primary School

“Pigs Gone Wild was a project that united our school community, from designing, to painting, to visiting on the trail – everybody had a chance to be involved in creating the Sidegate pig. Hamlette is now a well-loved character in the school. Currently residing in the library, she gets regular hugs from the children.

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