A HOSPICE team is calling for giraffe-lovers to join a safari-themed walk around the city in July.

The St Richard’s Hospice Safari Walk will take place on Sunday, July 22 starting at 10am from Worcester Racecourse in Grand Stand Road.

Sara Matthews, Project Manager for Worcester Stands Tall, said: “Join us for a summer safari through the city discovering our amazing, giant giraffe sculptures and collecting goodies along the way.

“It’s going to be a really fun, family day out – and we would love to see all our ‘explorers’ getting into the spirit and dressing up as their favourite safari creature for the walk.”

Two options cover approximately three or six miles and take in a series of decorated, 8ft tall giraffe sculptures on the Worcester Stands Tall art trail. The Walk will raise money for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal.

Worcester Stands Tall is a showcase of 57 giraffe sculptures on display through the city for 10 weeks from Monday, July 9 to Sunday, September 16.

Of the 57 giraffes, 30 are 8ft tall and have been decorated by artists, while 27 are calf sculptures decorated by schools and community groups.

A total of 26 calves will be displayed in Crowngate Shopping Centre – while one calf will be on show in a location yet to be disclosed.

The full safari, around six miles, will see walkers visit each of the 30, 8ft tall giraffes – while the shorter half safari route, around three miles, takes in 15 large sculptures.

There will be a warm up with the team from fitness centre, David Lloyd, to get everyone ready for an adventure around the city, with some surprises along the way.

Tickets for the Safari Walk are £15 for adults, £10 for children under 16, and children under two go free.

Family tickets priced at £40 are available for two adults and two children aged two to 15, or one adult, three children aged two to 15.

The proceeds from the walk will go to the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal, which is raising funds to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 3,000 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

For tickets to the Safari Walk visit worcesterstandstall.co.uk/safari-walk/