A CITY primary school taking part in this summer’s elephant art trail around Worcester has raised a mammoth sum for the charity hosting the event.

Children from Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell have completed 13,000 laps of their school track – some dressed as wild animals – to raise £6,500 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Having painted a baby elephant for Worcester’s Big Parade, and learned about the care that St Richard’s provides to patients and their families locally, the school said they wanted to help the Worcestershire-based hospice.

Headteacher Rachel Hughes said: “We’re all so excited to be part of Worcester’s Big Parade and the chance to get out and make some happy memories this summer after a challenging year.

“We know that St Richard’s Hospice does great work helping local patients and families create lasting memories every day – in even the most challenging of times – so wanted to show our support for their care.

“Inspired by the incredible Captain Sir Tom Moore, and the laps he made around his garden, we decide to lap the school track – 13,000 times! Of course, with this summer being all about elephants we made sure some of those laps were made in jungle-inspired costumes too.”

A Wild in Art event, being brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, elephants will march into Worcester on July 12 before departing again on September 5.

The project builds on the hugely successful Worcester Stands Tall giraffe trail in 2018, which saw giraffe sculptures displayed across the city before raising £210,000 for the Worcestershire hospice at auction.

Sara Matthews, hospice business development manager, said: “We’re absolutely blown away Tudor Grange Primary Academy’s incredible fundraiser and offer a heartfelt thank you to the whole school family, including teachers, parents and pupils who have given so generously.”