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Pete McKee elephant expected to greet herds of shoppers

Posted by: Phoebe Seymour
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Managing director Deborah Holmes and store manager Lisa Fox with Marjorie.

Local artist’s sculpture arrives at Sandersons at Fox Valley

Since the Herd of Sheffield elephants were all auctioned off recently, we’ve been dying to know where our favourite ones have ended up. We are now proud to announce that the Pete McKee elephant has found a new home closer to our neck of the woods – at Sandersons Boutique Department Store at Fox Valley, Stocksbridge.

 

Affectionately named, Marjorie, the 1.6-metre high fibreglass elephant will be the perfect edition to the retail park, which already features a Pete McKee mural at its entrance.

 

The artwork on the elephant celebrates the industrious men and women who have ‘grafted’ to make Sheffield the success it is today.

 

The sculpture was purchased by Debbie Prince and her husband Philip for a phenomenal £22,000 and all of the money has gone towards a new multi-purpose Fluoroscopy System for the Children’s Hospital, a life-saving piece of equipment which is used to obtain real-time moving X-rays.

 

Debbie is a part-time sales assistant at Sandersons and decided that the first floor of the department store would be the best place for locals to view the elephant.

 

Marjorie arrived at the store this morning, along with collection buckets for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

 

Sandersons are also running a selfie competition where shoppers can take their photo with the elephant and the best entry will win a voucher to spend in store.

 

For more information about the competition and to find out more about the events taking place at Fox Valley, visit their website.

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