Bringing together local communities, businesses, schools, and artists, the trail will begin in July 2021 and support fundraising for a new Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The trail will comprise of 60 big bears, designed by artists, which will be at various outdoor locations in the city.
As a sponsor, Sheffield Hallam will have three bears at outdoor locations on-campus, and it’s hoped that the trail can repeat the success of the Herd of Sheffield in 2016, when elephant sculptures attracted around 175,000 visitors to the city and provided some valuable local outreach opportunities.
Event Organiser from Sheffield Children’s, Cheryl Davidson, explained: “The Bears of Sheffield will be a great opportunity for us to get outside, explore Sheffield and celebrate our wonderful city, all for a good cause. We’re delighted the trail will make its long-awaited entrance this summer.
“It will showcase the vision, creativity and generosity of our community. Whether sponsoring a bear, shouting about the trail, donating, or taking on your own challenge or bear-themed event, we can’t wait for everyone to enjoy the trail this summer.”
Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University said:
“Sheffield Hallam is proud to be supporting the Children’s Hospital Charity Bears of Sheffield project this year. After the incredible success of the Herd of Sheffield in 2016, we wanted to once again be part of a wonderful project which brings together local communities, businesses and artists, all to raise vital funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“It has been a very challenging year for all of us, and this new project will provide a great opportunity this summer for individuals and local communities across the city to take part in the trail.”
You can follow the Bears of Sheffield’s progress on Twitter @BearsofSheff, or @bearsofsheffield on Facebook and Instagram.