Jo Peel 'bears' all

Posted by: Richard Abbey
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The Sheffield artist makes her paw print on the first ‘Bear of Sheffield’.

Jo Peel is the first artist to design, paint and unveil her bear for the Bears of Sheffield sculpture trail coming to the city’s streets this summer.


The Bears of Sheffield trail is coordinated by The Children’s Hospital Charity and is a new take on their previous city-wide art event ‘Herd of Sheffield’ which raised a huge £610,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital back in 2016.

Alongside Jo’s bear, which is named ‘Doug’, there will be a further 59 Big Bears designed and painted by other local and national artists for businesses to sponsor, as well as 100 Little Bears designed and painted by schools from across the region. All the money raised will help to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The ward treats children with cancer and blood disorders from babies through to 19-year olds from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Northampton. Whilst the care patients receive on the ward is world-class, the facilities need our help, which is why funds raised will go towards new and improved spaces for patients and their families.

This isn’t the first time Jo has actively supported The Children’s Hospital Charity, back in 2016 she painted ‘The City Elephant’ which was auctioned off to Commercial Facilities Engineers Ltd (CFE) for a huge £6,600, so it’s safe to say her bear will certainly be a highlight on the sculpture trail.

Pippa Cook, Arts Coordinator for the Bears, said: “We’ve had some really fantastic design submissions for the bears and now have a very difficult job ahead with the shortlisting process.

“The reaction we’ve had has been even bigger and better than the Herd and I can’t wait to see how the artists, both local and national, use the same canvas to create totally different pieces of artwork and raise funds for such a worthy cause.”

To find out more details about how you can get involved in the project, including details about how you can sponsor a bear, visit:

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