Bears of Sheffield trail to hit the streets next summer

The Children’s Hospital Charity has announced a sculpture trail Bears of Sheffield is set to hit the streets of Sheffield next summer. 

Following the hugely successful Herd of Sheffield, the charity will work with local businesses, schools and artists to organise the project which will raise money for the cancer and leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

From July 2020, 60 life-sized bears will be dotted around the city, something which director of TCHC David Vernon-Edwards can help raise enough money to surpass the Herd’s total. David Vernon-Edwards said: “The Herd of Sheffield in 2016 was the biggest public arts project the city had ever seen. As well as the money raised, it brought together artists, sponsors and school children to showcase the vision, creativity and generosity of Sheffield.

“We want this project to be even bigger, but to do that we need your help. If you are involved in a company or part of a school, we need you to join the Bear trail. You can be at the heart of this huge opportunity to create a memorable cultural experience for the city and raise much-needed funds for our cancer and leukaemia ward.”

The charity is working with artists, designers and illustrators across the country to work on the bears, including local artist Jo Peel who will be the first to decorate a sculpture.

The trail will begin next July, when the public will be able to follow its route on the dedicated app. All of the money raised will support the Children’s Hospital Charity’s £2.75m appeal to transform its cancer and leukaemia ward at the hospital, which treats children from babies through to 19 year olds from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire and Northampton.

If you want to get involved, head over to for more information. 

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