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Artists decorate bears for sick children in Leeds

Words by Blyth Brentnall

Leeds is going on a bear hunt.

Wait, what?

Well, not a real bear hunt. But a free art trail of decorated bear sculptures will pop up across the city, raising money for Leeds Hospitals Charity from 1 July to 9 September.

The trail is inspired by Michael Rosen’s best-selling children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Local and national artists, including painter and maker Caroline Dowsett, have decorated their bears in diverse ways. Each one is unique and helps create a brightly coloured sight, bringing joy to the city’s streets. 

The bears are currently stowed away, to be released into the streets later this month - watch out!

Artist Caroline Dowsett.

Commenting on her design, called ‘Bloom’, Caroline said: “The use of colours and composition are inspired by feelings of joy, and that is the main source of inspiration in my work. I want to evoke a sense of optimism and bring a splash of colour into our everyday lives.”

What does this achieve?

Once the trail is over, the bears will be collected and auctioned off. All funds raised will go to Leeds Hospitals Charity to support their vital mission of caring for very poorly children and their families in a welcoming and friendly environment.

“It’s a real honour to be part of such an important cause,” said Caroline.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Leeds Hospital Charity. This is a charity improving care facilities at NHS hospitals across Leeds, funding the best support and research. Find out more.

WellChild. The UK’s national charity to provide quality care for sick children at home. Support them here.

Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is a charity dedicated to providing Ormond Street Hospital with research, family support, medical equipment and more. Find out more and support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs