Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and staff from St Oswalds Hospice at Saltwell Park

Families are urged to pack their trunks and sign up for an ele-phantastic, fundraising fun day when Elmer’s Patchwork Parade arrives in Saltwell Park this summer.

On Saturday 6 July, Elmer’s Patchwork Parade will march into Gateshead’s Saltwell Park in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

And, along with the chance to take part in the colourful parade, visitors can enjoy food, fairground rides, crafts, games and music throughout the day.

There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, an arts and crafts marquee and the chance to decorate a gingerbread person, with the help of a team from Greggs.

Pre-school fun will be provided by music and puppetry experts Hartbeeps, while staff from St Oswald’s Hospice retail team will be manning the Ozzie bus and providing a variety of hands-on games and activities

Metro Radio’s Breakfast Show presenters, Steve and Karen, will be the event’s hosts and will also unveil some of the 50 individually decorated sculptures, which will form Elmer’s Great North Parade.

The 11-week long free public art trail across Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead, is set to be the biggest mass participation event in the region this year and will be held from 21 August to 1 November.

The large herd sculptures will then go under the hammer at a special auction at Sage Gateshead to raise funds for the Hospice’s Children and Young People’s Service.

Tickets for the Patchwork Parade are now on sale and St Oswald’s Hospice fundraising manager, Ashley Elliott, is urging people to sign up to take part.

“It is a great opportunity to take a sneak peek at three of the gorgeous Elmer sculptures,” she said “and to enjoy a tremendous day out, while raising money for a truly worthwhile cause.

“We hope families will turn up in their most colourful costumes, wave their homemade banners and make special memories at what promises to be a magical carnival event,” she said.

Elmer’s Patchwork Parade will take place from 10am to 4pm, at Saltwell Park, Gateshead, with the parade itself starting at 12 noon and all participants will receive a souvenir wristband.

Tickets cost £8 for adults, £5 for children with free entry for those aged three and under and family tickets are priced at £22.

Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship through taking part, to support the work of St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

To sign up, or for more information, visit www.greatnorthelmer.co.uk/patchworkparade or call 0191 2469123.

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