07 August 2015
Baa-rave patients get in the spirit of ‘Shaun in the City’
Baa-rave patients at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children are
getting in the spirit of the 'Shaun in the City' trail currently
taking place in Bristol by painting their ewe-nique designs on a
mini Shaun sculpture, making its way round the hospital.
There are currently 70 five-foot sculptures of Aardman's Shaun
the Sheep grazing all over Bristol to form a charity trail
organised by Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol
Children's Hospital. Each sculpture has been individually designed
by a different artist, designer or celebrity, including
children's author Lucy Cousins, who has designed a Shaun called
'Maisy and Friends' located just outside the Children's Hospital.
The sculptures will be on display until 31 August, before being
auctioned for the charity later this year.
Lucy Farkas, hospital play specialist, has been running a daily
competition around the hospital wards, giving young patients who
aren't able to pay a visit to 'Maisy and Friends' the opportunity
to paint their design on the special Shaun.
Lucy said: "Patients are given a balloon outline to decorate
which gets entered into the competition, judged by ward staff. The
winning design is then painted on the sculpture later in the
day. So far, we have had an array of colours, patterns and pictures
painted on Shaun which all look baa-rilliant.
"The Grand Appeal has kindly donated two mini Shaun sculptures
to the hospital, and the second sculpture will be covered in
patient handprints, painted by those who are attending the hospital
for outpatient appointments or short stay procedures. The mini
Shauns have been a great distraction for children who are poorly
and receiving treatment. We have photographed every patient with
their design as Shaun moves around the different wards, so that
Shaun will have his own hospital passport by the end of the
The charity has also donated 'Shaun in the City' flags and
activity packs to decorate wards and keep patients entertained.
Anna Shepherd, deputy director, Wallace & Gromit's Grand
Appeal, said: "We were very pleased to donate the two mini Shaun
sculptures to Bristol Children's Hospital for the patients to
enjoy. The sculptures give all patients at the hospital the
opportunity to get involved in our charity trail by creating and
painting their own designs, even if they are too poorly to go out
into the city to visit the full-sized Shauns.
"We are now just over half way through the trail in Bristol and
the response has been fantastic. Just like our 'Gromit Unleashed'
trail, which raised £2.3million for the Children's Hospital in
2013, thousands of people have flocked from all over Bristol and
further afield to enjoy our sculptures. We hope to welcome
many more before the trail ends on the 31 August."
Bryony Strachan, clinical chair for woman's and children's
service at University Hospitals Bristol, said: "We want to thank
The Grand Appeal for giving patients too unwell to leave the
hospital or take part in the trail, the opportunity to participate
in this event by donating mini Shaun and giving out 'Shaun in the
City' flags and activities.
"'Gromit Unleashed' was a huge success and the money raised has
gone on to improve services, buy state-of-the-art medical
equipment, provide enhanced environments and additional facilities
for patients, parents and staff alike. We hope everyone is enjoying
the trail as much as our staff, patients and visitors and we hope
those involved in 'Shaun in the City' continue to fundraise for The
For more information about 'Shaun in
the City', please visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk.
To see what mini Shaun is getting up
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