Sheffield branch join the stampede

With Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win signalling the start of the Great British summer and hopefully nicer weather, our Sheffield branch have joined organisations across the city in showing off their trunks!

Worry not though, our colleagues haven’t gone stir crazy and decided to don their swimwear - they are taking part in the colourful Herd of Sheffield initiative, which sees 58 five-feet tall elephants form a trail across the city.

The Nottingham’s ‘Jackophant’ - already affectionately known as Jack - carries a fitting union jack design created by local artist Stephen Mckay and as well as having been seen, and photographed with hundreds of people, has his own twitter handle @OfficialHoSJack.

The stampede of elephants - which are placed strategically across the South Yorkshire city - are helping to raise the profile of, and vital funds for, Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Customer adviser Lisa Bunting said: “When we herd - sorry, heard - about the project we couldn’t wait to get involved. It’s a fantastically impactful initiative in aid of a wonderful children’s hospital that means the world to many people across the region.

“Many people from across South Yorkshire and much further beyond have already been to the city centre to see the elephants and thousands more are expected before the ‘beasts’ are removed at the end of September and then auctioned off.

“Anyone visiting our branch on Barker’s Pool can pick up a free map which shows Jack’s location and of course where his 57 mates are too. The elephants can also be found using their QR codes and if people ‘unlock’ at least 20 we’ll even throw in a small free gift!”.

The idea for elephants comes about due to Sheffield’s history of steel manufacturing and the fact that a century ago, during World War One, the giant mammals were used to transport the metal in the city.

Photo caption: Sheffield branch colleagues Lisa Bunting and Brendan O’Connor with Jackophant and artist Stephen McKay.


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