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07 August 2015

Baa-rave patients get in the spirit of ‘Shaun in the City’

Baa-rave patients at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children are getting in the spirit of the 'Shaun in the City' trail currently taking place in Bristol by painting their ewe-nique designs on a mini Shaun sculpture, making its way round the hospital.

There are currently 70 five-foot sculptures of Aardman's Shaun the Sheep grazing all over Bristol to form a charity trail organised by Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital. Each sculpture has been individually designed by a different artist, designer or celebrity, including children's author Lucy Cousins, who has designed a Shaun called 'Maisy and Friends' located just outside the Children's Hospital. The sculptures will be on display until 31 August, before being auctioned for the charity later this year.

Lucy Farkas, hospital play specialist, has been running a daily competition around the hospital wards, giving young patients who aren't able to pay a visit to 'Maisy and Friends' the opportunity to paint their design on the special Shaun.

Lucy said: "Patients are given a balloon outline to decorate which gets entered into the competition, judged by ward staff. The winning design is then painted on the sculpture later in the day. So far, we have had an array of colours, patterns and pictures painted on Shaun which all look baa-rilliant.

"The Grand Appeal has kindly donated two mini Shaun sculptures to the hospital, and the second sculpture will be covered in patient handprints, painted by those who are attending the hospital for outpatient appointments or short stay procedures. The mini Shauns have been a great distraction for children who are poorly and receiving treatment. We have photographed every patient with their design as Shaun moves around the different wards, so that Shaun will have his own hospital passport by the end of the trail."

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The charity has also donated 'Shaun in the City' flags and activity packs to decorate wards and keep patients entertained.

Anna Shepherd, deputy director, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, said: "We were very pleased to donate the two mini Shaun sculptures to Bristol Children's Hospital for the patients to enjoy. The sculptures give all patients at the hospital the opportunity to get involved in our charity trail by creating and painting their own designs, even if they are too poorly to go out into the city to visit the full-sized Shauns.

"We are now just over half way through the trail in Bristol and the response has been fantastic. Just like our 'Gromit Unleashed' trail, which raised £2.3million for the Children's Hospital in 2013, thousands of people have flocked from all over Bristol and further afield to enjoy our sculptures.  We hope to welcome many more before the trail ends on the 31 August."

Bryony Strachan, clinical chair for woman's and children's service at University Hospitals Bristol, said: "We want to thank The Grand Appeal for giving patients too unwell to leave the hospital or take part in the trail, the opportunity to participate in this event by donating mini Shaun and giving out 'Shaun in the City' flags and activities.

"'Gromit Unleashed' was a huge success and the money raised has gone on to improve services, buy state-of-the-art medical equipment, provide enhanced environments and additional facilities for patients, parents and staff alike. We hope everyone is enjoying the trail as much as our staff, patients and visitors and we hope those involved in 'Shaun in the City' continue to fundraise for The Grand Appeal."


For more information about 'Shaun in the City', please visit

To see what mini Shaun is getting up to, visit: