Children across Sandwell are being encouraged to mark National Teddy Bear Day in style this Saturday (9 September) – with a final visit to The Big Sleuth trail.
Picnic Time for Teddy Bears, situated outside Central Sixth in West Bromwich town centre, is one of 100 giant bear sculptures forming a trail in streets, parks and open spaces across the West Midlands and is sponsored by leading regional building society the West Brom.
The Big Sleuth is designed to raise money for Birmingham’s Children Hospital Charity and has proved hugely popular with families over the last three months.
There are six bears to see in Sandwell at locations including Sandwell Park Farm, Lightwoods Park and Warley Woods.
Nick Trueman, PR Manager for the West Brom, said: “We have been thrilled to see so many people visiting our bear and all the other fantastic Big Sleuth sculptures. The initiative has really captured the imagination of the public.
“Time is running out for people to visit Picnic Time bear and the rest of the trail, but there’s no need to be grizzly. National Teddy Bear Day is a paw-fect time for one last visit, especially as our particular sculpture’s design was inspired by the famous Teddy Bear’s Picnic song.
“Better still, it’s an ideal chance for children to bring their own teddy bear out on a Big Sleuth adventure too.”
Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We can't bear-lieve that, after months of sleuthing fun, our bears are going to be prowling off our streets and The Big Sleuth is coming to an end.
“We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the response our bears have had over the past few months and how much joy they’ve brought to tourists and residents alike.
“We’re now looking forward to our Farewell Weekend and The Big Sleuth Auction. Hopefully kind-hearted sleuthers, including businesses and individuals, will buy the bears back so we can keep them in our region as a lasting memory, as well as raise much-needed funds for the 90,000 children our hospital cares for each year.”
The Big Sleuth trail runs until Sunday, 17 September before the 100 bears come together for one last time at Eastside City Park for The Big Sleuth Farewell Weekend (Friday, 6 October to Sunday, 8 October). Visit www.thebigsleuth.co.uk/farewell to find out more.