Learning organisation takes penguin under its wing

Date published: 29 February 2024

The team from Worcester Learning Zone huddle round Spirit the adult penguin statue, with a Worcester Learning Zone sign behind them.A Worcester-based learning organisation has thrown its support behind a penguin-themed art trail.

Worcester Learning Zone, which provides tutoring and online learning to children, young people and adults, is to sponsor a sculpture for the great Waddle of Worcester.

Set to arrive on 22 July, the trail will see eighty beautifully decorated penguins parading through the city’s streets for eight weeks. A Wild in Art event, the waddle is being brought to Worcester by St Richard’s Hospice.

Natasha Stolt, Business Director and co-owner of Worcester Learning Zone, said: “2024 marks our tenth year helping students build their confidence and achieve their potential. What better way to celebrate than by joining the city’s penguin party this summer!”

Carys Thurlby, co-owner and founder, said: “Taking a penguin under our wing in many ways reflects what we do with our students, regardless of whether they are in school and come to us in the evenings for extra confidence and to boost their knowledge, or have special educational needs and do not have a suitable school provision, all students are welcome at Worcester Learning Zone.  We bring children and young people into our huddle to make learning enjoyable, with students’ thoughts, opinions, goals and choices driving the planning and delivery of tuition.”

Organisations from across Worcestershire and beyond have swooped in to sign-up and sponsor a penguin sculpture.

The final forty penguin suit designs have now been selected by sponsors and 40 more penguin chicks are winging their way to local schools ready to be designed and decorated. The babies will be displayed in Crowngate Shopping Centre and other shop windows across the city.

At the end of the trail, each large penguin will be auctioned to support the ongoing care provided by St Richard’s Hospice.

Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Worcester Learning Zone to waddle with us.  The team have recently selected the design they would like to see brought to life by a local artist and we can’t wait to see their penguin suit on parade in Worcester!”

You can follow the great Waddle of Worcester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The great Waddle of Worcester is supported by Presenting Partners; Crowngate, DRPG, Worcester City Council and Worcestershire Ambassadors, Community and Education Partner; Worcester BID and Media Partners; the Worcester News and BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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To discuss sponsorship opportunities, call Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager, on 01905 763963, or email [email protected]

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