In support of The Children’s Hospital Charity, Webhelp sponsored our very own bear in the Bears of Sheffield sculpture trail.

From 12th July – 29th September, 60 big bear sculptures designed by artists and 100 little bears decorated by local schools hit the streets of Sheffield for this summer’s biggest bear hunt. Our very own Pastel Patchwork Pattern Bear was brought to life by Fun Makes Good, a Scottish design studio founded by textile designer Eleanor Young.

Despite restrictions, our colleagues organised initiatives as best they could to raise funds for the charity. It’s amazing to see their hard work pay off with a rewarding total of £3000 raised. This is set to increase, as colleagues are aiming to raise even more. With donations going towards the transformation of the Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, we are determined to raise as much as we can.

 

All too soon, the trail ended last month. Our colleague Cherelle Atkin, Operations Manager, attended the Farewell event and had a great time meeting all the Bears before they were auctioned off.

At the auction, we were determined not to part with our bear. As a result, we successfully out-bid others to win Pastel Patchwork Pattern Bear, bringing our total fundraising donation to £6500. It’s fantastic to learn that overall £525k was raised from the sculpture auction, which surpassed the Heard of Sheffield (elephant trail) in 2016.

 

After so much time apart during lockdown, this art exhibition has brought the Sheffield community together. We are proud to have been part of this initiative, and look forward to seeing the outcome of all sponsors donations.

Keep an eye out for our #PatchworkBear, which will set up home at our newly refurbished Nunnery Square site alongside our elephant statue from the 2016 trail.

 

To find out more about our sculpture and the creative process behind the design, read our interview with artists Eleanor Young here.