NEXT summer giraffe sculptures will be appearing throughout Worcester's streets and green areas as part of a major art event.

The Worcester News is a media partner for the Worcester Stands Tall concept - being billed as the largest mass participation art event in the city's history.

The art project will see at least 25 decorated giraffe sculptures form an eye-catching art trail through the city’s streets.

Wild in Art, which has been involved in successful art projects nationwide, is creating the statutes which will go on display for 10 weeks before being auctioned to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice's free, ongoing care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses.

Tricia Cavell, fundraising director for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We’re really excited at the thought of majestic giraffes set against Worcester’s iconic backdrop, standing tall alongside us to bring colour and vibrancy to the city.

“Worcester Stands Tall will be an amazing adventure and is hugely important to St Richard’s Hospice.

"Not only will it inspire civic pride and conversation and give people an opportunity to get active on a free and fun day out, but we also hope to raise a significant sum towards the compassionate care and support we give to thousands of people each year."

She added that the giant giraffes will be joined by at least 25 baby giraffe sculptures designed by local school children.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, director of Wild in Art, said: “We are so excited to help deliver an event that will bring art to the streets and public spaces across Worcester."

Supporting the project are Worcestershire Ambassadors, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the county, Crowngate Shopping Centre, Free Radio, Worcester Bosch Group, West Midland Safari Park and Hewett Recruitment.

For more on the project visit, see Worcester Stands Tall's Facebook page, follow @WorcStandsTall on Twitter and worcesterstands on Instagram.