Hospice calls county crafters to create cute and cuddly penguins

Date published: 21 July 2023

Organisers of the city’s 2024 penguin parade are calling upon enthusiastic knitters, stitchers and crafters to help them create cute, cuddly and handcrafted items.

The great Waddle of Worcester, A Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, is encouraging residents to make and donate handmade penguins and penguin-themed bags, cushions and creations to support the project. A similar call for the hospice’s elephant trail in 2021 raised an incredible £27,305 to help local patients and families.

Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager for St Richard’s Hospice, explained: “We’re so incredibly grateful to the county’s crafting community who embraced our call for handcrafted ele-friends in 2021, raising tens of thousands for our care.

“We hope Worcestershire’s wonderful makers will get behind us once again so that cute cuddlies – and all other things penguin – can be available during the 2024 trail for a donation towards our care.  All the money raised will help us continue to be there for patients living with serious progressive illnesses and their loved ones too.”

Knitting and felt patterns to inspire creativity – some kindly donated by hospice supporters – are available on the great Waddle of Worcester website.

Finished penguins and other handcrafted items should be sent to Sara Matthews, Fundraising Department, St Richard’s Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2QT, with the sender’s details inside the packaging so each maker can be thanked. The lovingly made creations will then be available for a donation to the hospice in the great Waddle of Worcester’s city centre pop-up shop throughout the trail.

The parade of penguin sculptures will waddle in to Worcester for eight-weeks from Monday 22 July 2024.

Forty large penguins will be designed by artists and selected by sponsors to appear along the six-mile route. To register interest as an artist visit our Artist page.

Forty baby penguins will be available for adoption by local schools and community groups. To register interest as a school or community group visit or Schools page.

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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