A hospice team is inviting visitors to experience the spectacular Farewell Event for its 10-week giraffe art trail, Worcester Stands Tall.
All 57 of the painted giraffes from this summer’s trail will go on show under the same roof – for the first and only time – in the Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral between Thursday, October 4 and 7.
It will be the last chance to see all the giant giraffes before they are auctioned to raise money for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal.
The rose-gold calf sculpture displayed outside the cathedral, Lily the Pink, will also be auctioned – while the remaining calves will be returned to the schools and groups which decorated them.
Canon Dr Alvyn Pettersen, of Worcester Cathedral, said:
“The joy on the faces of families, and especially of young children greeting, stroking and even kissing Lily the Pink on the nose, as they have followed the trail of giraffes through the city to the Cathedral has been a real delight to behold.
“And turning the Cathedral’s Chapter House into a ‘Giraffe House’ which will rival that in any zoo will be very exciting. We invite everyone to join us in hosting all the giraffes, collected together in the Cathedral’s round Chapter House.”
Tickets are now available for the Farewell Event, with visitors able to book one-hour slots to see the giraffes.
Sara Matthews, Project Manager of Worcester Stands Tall, said:
“We’re so excited to offer this special opportunity before our giraffes leave the city for their forever homes.
“It’s going to be absolutely spectacular to see all 57 of our giraffes together in the stunning surroundings of the Chapter House. We hope to see you there!”
Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged two to 16, while under twos go free. Family tickets for either two adults, two children or one adult, three children are available for £15. To book visit www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/farewell-event
Proceeds from the Farewell Event will go to the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal to extend and redevelop its building in Worcester, enabling it to care for more patients and loved ones in the future.
The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m. For more information about Build 2020 visit www.strichards.org.uk/build2020