Leviat sponsors bear in ‘suppawt’ of the Children’s Hospital Charity
We are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring a Bear for the 2021 ‘Bears of Sheffield’ sculpture trail, a unique participative public art event that will raise funds for a new, urgently needed, Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Building on the success of the 2016 ‘Herd of Sheffield’ trail, for which Leviat brand ‘Ancon’ was also a key sponsor, ‘Bears of Sheffield’ will run from 12th July through to the end of September. It will invite participants to locate up to 60 artist- designed large bear sculptures and 100 smaller bear sculptures, designed and sponsored by local schools. The sculptures will be dotted throughout the city on a trail specially chosen to raise the City’s profile and spotlight key locations.
To add interest for trail followers, each of the bears will feature an individual design and have a unique theme, with Leviat’s bear ‘Doug’, painted by renowned local artist, Jo Peel, urging viewers to consider buildings and the impact they have on the natural world.
As well as inviting donations, the 2021 trail is looking to optimise income for the Hospital through a raft of linked events and activities, as well as the eventual auction of the large sculptures.
To engage Leviat employees and their families, the company will be running a series of internal competitions, including one to design ‘Levi’, a bear companion to Doug. Once completed, Levi will be sent off on a global adventure around Leviat’s 60 locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia, to gather donations from the company’s 3000 staff.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Leviat’s Pete McDermott, Managing Director - Europe West & APAC said,
“We are thrilled to continue our support for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This facility has real resonance with many of our employees, for whom it has provided invaluable support in the past at times of their children’s injury and illness.
Through our support for several previous initiatives, including the ‘Make It Better’ campaign and ‘Herd of Sheffield, we have been able to see first-hand how the funds we raise benefit children from all over the region, and beyond.
The recent pandemic has put extra pressure on hospital services across the country, particularly for cancer care, and we hope that our involvement will inspire other businesses to support the appeal and raise the profile of this remarkable hospital.”
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