Sandwell's super sleuthers aid charity appeal

Bears are a roaring success at The Big Sleuth auction, raising a quarter of a million pounds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Sandwell’s super sleuthers aid charity appeal

A sculpture that has been on display in Sandwell over the last three months has helped raise over £257,300 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears, sponsored by the West Brom, was one of nearly 100 giant bears available to bidders at The Big Sleuth auction held at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.

Picnic Time was sold for £2,500 to support a huge evening of fundraising for the pioneering hospital after it organised the popular public arts initiative and its array of colourful sculptures populating streets and public spaces across the West Midlands.

The two other bears which were situated in Sandwell and went up for auction – Bear-Trix Blocker sponsored by Skate Hut and displayed in Lightwoods Park, and National Express West Midlands’ Bussy Bear located on the Bearwood Interchange – raised a further £4,500 between them.

Nick Trueman, Public Relations Manager at the West Brom, said: “The Big Sleuth has been an incredible campaign to be part of and for Picnic Time for Teddy Bears and the other sculptures to raise such huge amounts of money is the icing on the cake.

“We are longstanding supporters of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and this has been a great way to help a worthy cause, while promoting arts in our community.

“Picnic Time Bear was positioned outside Central Sixth in West Bromwich and we hope the sculpture brings as much pleasure to the new owner as it did to all those who visited it during the summer.”

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “The Big Sleuth was an amazing initiative that has been enjoyed by people visiting Birmingham and Sandwell throughout the summer.

“The West Brom has been one of our most generous supporters over the last 10 years – and The Big Sleuth is just another example of that.

“The donation will help so many youngsters in the region and we really can’t thank the West Brom and all our other sponsors enough.”

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