THE ORGANIZERS of the Town’s Elephant Summer Trail thank the county knitters and embroiderers for making a BIG difference to local hospice care.
Worcester’s Big Parade, a Wild in Art event hosted in the city by St Richard’s Hospice, encouraged local residents to hand-make elephants to support the project and were stunned by the response.
Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager for the Hospice, said: “When we called on the county’s knitting, sewing and elephant lovers to prepare for the winter shutdowns, we knew our wonderful community. would argue – but the response was something else.
“Incredibly, we have received over 3,000 cute, cuddly and colorful elephants which will be available in our parade store for donation to our care.
“It is truly humbling to see the love and care given to them and each elephant will make a difference for patients living with serious progressive diseases and their loved ones as well.”
Hospice supporter Gemma Ward, who coordinates a Facebook group of about 150 creators called “Join the Rush,” also helped the hospice organize its gigantic transport.
She said: “After my own cancer diagnosis and recovery, I know firsthand how important St Richard’s work is. It seems that in Worcester everyone knows someone the hospice has helped – so it seemed natural to me to want to contribute.
“I might not be ready to run marathons or go skydiving, but I can knit. I, along with hundreds of others, did what we could.
“We knitted, crocheted and sewn to show our support and to give people of all ages a souvenir of the parade. We have used the time at home to our advantage and used it to support our local hospice, with the hope that their good work can continue for many years to come.
Ms Matthews added, “We are so grateful to Gemma and the hundreds of other community members who came together to create this gigantic knitted flock.
“One of our main goals for the parade is to help the city create lasting memories this summer and now trail enthusiasts can take home these wonderful, lasting memories as well.”
Anyone with handcrafted elephants to donate can still do so until August. Finished elephants can be dropped off at Worcester’s Big Parade store at 57a Broad Street in Worcester seven days a week starting Monday, July 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Alternatively, elephants can be stationed or dropped off at: Sara Matthews, Fundraising Department, St Richard’s Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2QT.
The Hospice asks shippers to include their contact details inside the package so that each manufacturer can be thanked.
The elephant sculpture parade will arrive in Worcester for eight weeks on Monday July 12.
A spectacular display case of 66 elephant sculptures – large and small – will adorn the city streets and open spaces to form a free outdoor trail.
Once the trail is complete, there will be one last chance to see all of the sculptures together before the large elephants are auctioned off to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.
You can follow the Worcester Grand Parade at www.facebook.com/WorcestersBigParade, www.twitter.com/WorcsBigParade and www.instagram.com/WorcsBigParade