Penguin chicks wing their way to county schools

Date published: 4 March 2024

Two children from Flyford Flavell Primary School and a representative from PSG Bowdens accountants sit on a rainbow bench with a small penguin sculpture.Forty penguin chicks are winging their way to schools and community groups as Worcester gears up for its third major public art trail this summer.

St Richard’s Hospice will bring 80 beautifully decorated penguin sculptures to the city’s streets and public places this July, with 40 babies designed by local youngsters and group members.  The great Waddle of Worcester follows on from hugely successful giraffe and elephant trails in 2018 and 2021, also led by the Worcestershire-based charity.

Currently, each penguin chick is a blank canvas.  Once transformed, their dazzling designs will be displayed in city shop windows and at Crowngate Shopping Centre during the eight-week trail before being returned to their creators as a lasting memory of the project.

Taking part in their very first art trail is Flyford Flavell Primary School, whose participation has been kindly sponsored by accountancy practice PSG Bowdens in Evesham.

Rosalind Bennett, Headteacher Flyford Flavell Primary School, said: “It’s fair to say that everyone in the school community – from pre-school age right up to our staff – is extremely excited to be part of the great Waddle.

“Having watched the previous giraffe and elephant trails unfold with great wonder, it will be fantastic to have our own penguin who will come back to join the school family next autumn. We would like to thank everyone at PSG Bowdens for helping us take part.”

Tania Jones, Partner at PSG Bowdens Accountants, Tax and Business Advisors, said: “We’re very proud to be sponsoring a baby penguin, meaning that children from Flyford Flavell Primary can waddle in Worcester.  We’re sure the experience of designing, decorating and then seeing their work of art on display in the city is one which will live on in the memories of pupils and their families for years to come.”

The great Waddle of Worcester is supported by Community and Education Partner Worcester BID.

Sam McCarthy, Chief Executive of Worcester BID, said: “The great waddle is such a brilliant opportunity for local schools and groups to be a part of something really special.  Once again Worcester will be transformed into a fun, free art space this summer with thousands of people enjoying the creative talents of local young people and community group members.”

The Waddle will run from Monday 22 July until Sunday 15 September.

In October 2024 each large penguin sculpture will be auctioned off to raise funds for the care provided by St Richard’s Hospice to patients living with a serious progressive illness and their loved ones.

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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