Via Suzie from Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity campaigns to keep three of The Big Hoot owls
Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is calling for help from kind-hearted businesses and individuals to buy its three Big Hoot owls, after the event enjoyed exceptional success over the summer.
The Big Hoot, presented by public art specialists Wild in Art in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, won the hearts and minds of everyone in Birmingham this summer and now the hospital is hoping fans of The Big Hoot will buy their patients a permanent memento of the project, helping to keep a piece of The Big Hoot’s legacy within the hospital forever for the children of Birmingham.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital and its charity adopted three owls for the trail. The Owl and the Pussycat and Our Happy Hospit-Owl were sponsored by the hospital charity, whilst Florence Nightin’Owl was sponsored by the hospital itself.
Our Happy Hospit-Owl, more affectionately known as ‘Happy’ and designed by cartoonist Cathy Simpson, was inspired by the children and army of fundraisers that help to make Birmingham Children’s Hospital so extraordinary. The design represents the one in five people in the city that have been treated at the hospital. Happy was the most scanned owl of the three, with over 5,500 visits by trail spotters.
The Owl and the Pussycat was inspired by Edward Lear’s world renowned poem about an owl and a cat that ran away together in “a beautiful pea-green boat”. The delightful design, by visual storyteller Darel Seow, doubled up as a moneybox over the summer. One donation was made by 10 year old avid fundraiser Olivia Brown, who sold homemade biscuits to her neighbours to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Florence Nightin’Owl, by artist Deven Bhurke, is Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s tribute to history’s most recognised nurse and to all the nurses, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to care for the children, young people and families of Birmingham.
Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “The success of The Big Hoot has relied heavily on the love and generosity of the public and we hope that it will be the same love and generosity that helps us to keep an owl at the hospital when they go to auction.
The owls have truly brightened up the lives of staff and patients at our hospital, and we want to continue to be welcomed at the door every day by our giant owls.”
If you’d like to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital and its charity permanently adopt an owl, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The bidding for each owl is expected to start at £3,000, with all funds raised going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Star Appeal – the UK’s first ever Rare Diseases Centre for children.
A limited number of tickets are available to watch the magic happen – buy yours now from bchcharity.net/thebighootauction. For absentee online and telephone bid requests, register directly with Fieldings Auctioneers by emailing email@example.com or telephone 01384 444 140.
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