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Elmer’s Great North Parade is organised by St Oswald's Hospice and aims at bringing together businesses, schools and youth groups and the North East’s creative community. Together we will present a trail of over 50 large and 114 small individually designed Elmer the Patchwork Elephant sculptures. It is our second art trail, following Great North Snowdogs in 2016. All proceeds from Elmer’s Great North Parade will go to St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice and help local young people, children and babies living with incurable conditions.

Elmer’s Great North Parade is on from the 21st of August to 1st of November 2019. Keep up to date with all of our Elmer related events on the What’s On section of our website.

Elmer’s Great North Parade will be located in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Our Elmer sculptures will take to the streets, parks and public spaces throughout Tyne and Wear. A herd of little Elmers created by young people from schools, youth groups, nurseries and clubs will also take over public buildings and visitor centres. Please use a trail map or download our Elmer’s specially created App!

The trail is based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee that celebrates its 30th Birthday in 2019. Elmer is loved by children of all ages and is a symbol of individuality and laughter!

You can get involved in tons of fun ways: from ticking off your list all of Elmer’s colourful sculptures in your area to discovering new parts of the North East with your friends and family and raising funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice! Schools and not-for-profit youth groups have also been invited to get creative and decorate their own Elmer sculpture which will join the parade and be displayed across the North East.

You can find the complete list of our partners and sponsors here: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/our-sponsors

There are a number of ways you can send in your sponsorship money, including online or over the phone payment. For further information please visit: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/get-involved/events/how-to-send-in-your-fundraising-money.aspx

On the trail map ELMER text to donate section, it says ‘By making a donation, you are consenting to be contacted by St Oswald’s Hospice.’ Can you do this? No, this was a mistake on our behalf and we apologise for the confusion. If you donate to the ELMER text to donate code, we won’t assume consent. The ELMER text to donate reply message will ask if you would like to consent to marketing and if you do, you need to click through further to consent. If you do not click through to consent, we will not assume consent and not contact you because of this donation.

There are 50 large Elmers sponsored by businesses and decorated by artists and 114 small individually designed Elmers created by young people from schools, youth groups, nurseries and clubs.

To find all the sculptures please use a trail map or download our Elmer’s specially created App.

The map is available from a range of vendors across Tyne and Wear, including St Oswald’s Hospice shops and all Little Herd trail locations. To find a complete list of vendors please visit or discover how to print your own please visit: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/elmer-map

There is a suggested donation of £1 per map, with all profits going to St Oswald’s Hospice.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to post out maps due to the additional cost involved. You can download a copy from the website or pick up a printed version from a range of vendors across Tyne and Wear, including St Oswald’s Hospice shops and all Little Herd trail locations. To find out more please visit: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/elmer-map

The App can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by visiting www.greatnorthelmer.co.uk/app, searching for ‘Elmer’s Great North Parade’ in the App stores, or from the following links: App Store (iOS) https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/elmers-great-north-parade/id1470362339?ls=1 - Google Play (Android) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=stoswalds.elmernewcastle.android

It’s £0.99 to download the Elmer App, with all profits going to St Oswald’s Hospice.

All selfies need to be approved by a member of the team before they can be added the App. Keep an eye on the gallery section!

Please send us a message, ideally including a photo, either via social media, email hello@greatnorthelmer.co.uk or call our Supporter Care team on 0191 246 9123. We’ll then let our maintenance team know.

Yes – the trail is designed to be accessible by public transport. All of the sculptures will be located within walking distance of a Metro station. If you intend to walk, please remember to wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be walking a long way if you want to complete the full trail. Information about the Tyne & Wear Metro can be found via: https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro

You don’t need to start in a particular place or complete the trail in a certain order. The trail is designed so you can see any of the Elmer’s whenever you like, however please check the opening times of any venue you wish to visit if the Elmer is located inside.

There are lots of excellent accommodation options in the area. If you are planning on using public transport to visit the trail, we’d recommended staying within walking distance of a Metro station. Information about the Tyne & Wear Metro can be found via: https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro Head to https://www.newcastlegateshead.com to explore local hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cafes and to check out other events happening in the city during your stay. Alternatively take a look at https://www.airbnb.co.uk or https://www.trivago.co.uk

We would recommend allowing at least 2 days to complete Elmer’s Great North Parade. If you’re local to the area, you might want to break it down even more and stretch it over several days. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and picnic spots along the way so you can take breaks and rest your feet.

Yes, all of the outside locations are wheelchair accessible. If you’re visiting an Elmer inside a venue it is best to contact that venue directly for more information.

Once our Elmer sculptures have finished their Parade across Tyne and Wear, you'll have one last chance to see the beautiful herd in all of their glory at Elmer’s Farewell Weekend on 9-10 November 2019. The sculptures will be then sold at The Big Elmer Auction on 12 November 2019 or returned to their schools. Please visit our website to find out more: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/whats-on

Elmer’s Farewell Weekend will be on at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November 2019 from 10am to 4pm. Once Elmer’s Great North Parade is over, you will have one last chance to wave goodbye to the beautiful herd! All our elephant sculptures will be there to be admired one last time before they are sold at auction or returned to their school. Tickets are on sale now. To book yours please visit: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/whats-on/elmers-farewell-weekend

The Big Elmer Auction will take place at Hall One, Sage Gateshead on the 12th of November from 6pm till late and will give you the chance to win your very own large multi-coloured patchwork Elmer sculpture! Whether you plan to bid for your favourite Elmer or simply wish to enjoy the electric atmosphere of the event, the evening is set to be a fantastic finale to the 11 week trail which is taking Tyne & Wear by storm. Tickets are on sale now. To book yours please visit: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/the-big-elmer-charity-auction

Entering the Big Elmer Raffle will give you the chance to win a full sized multi-coloured Elmer or exclusive Elmer hampers. Each ticket sold will support the work of St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

You can buy a ticket at one of our shops, at one of our reception desks in the hospice or online via: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/fundraise-for-us/big-elmer-raffle The raffle tickets are £1 each. Books of £1, £5, £10 and £20 are available to buy online.

You can buy our exclusive Elmer merchandise at one of our shops, at one of our reception desks in the hospice or online via: www.greatnorthelmer.co.uk/shop

We’ve not decided yet, if we do we would announce this via local press, our website and social media when the time is right. To be kept informed of any future news, you can register to join our mailing list by filling out the form at the bottom of this page: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer

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