ANOTHER art trail of painted animal sculptures could be heading to Worcester after organisers described the resounding success of the recent giraffe trail.

St Richard’s Hospice fundraising director, Tricia Cavell, hinted another trail could be on the cards after an evaluation of Worcester Stands Tall, the art trail which took place this summer, found it had raised £233,000 for the hospice and been widely enjoyed.

MEL Research conducted a survey, funded by Worcester Bid, to determine the impact of the trail. Mrs Cavell noted that there were lessons that could be learned if her team were to take on a similar project in future.

She said: “There was a significant drop (in people engaging with the trail) when schools went back, so we probably would do an eight-week trial if we did it again.”

“We sold out very quickly for the farewell event. We could have sold the tickets four times over.”

The project launched in May 2017, with a call to sponsors. A call to schools took place in September, 2017. It was not until February/May 2018 the giraffes were painted and the trial began on July 9.

Mrs Cavell said: “Clearly it takes an awful lot of time. If we did it again, it would be in 2021, and we would be happy with the same level of income at the end.”

Mrs Cavell also recognised the success of the giraffes compared to sculptures for similar art trails put on in other cities. The giraffes were sold at an auction in October, and the money went towards the hospice’s Build 2020 appeal, which is working towards an expansion at the hospice to enable more people to be cared for.

“At the end, our sculptures had a much higher value than some others”said Mrs Cavell.

Mrs Cavell revealed any future trail would not feature giraffes again but a new animal has not been chosen.