Three auctions have now taken place following bumper Great North Parade over the summer.
The third and final Elmer’s Big Art Parade auction took place earlier this week (November 12) following the bumper Great North Parade over the summer and into the autumn around Tyne and Wear, which was held in partnership with Andersen Press and Wild in Art.
The final auction raised £182,000 on the night, which will help St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle continue its work with adults and children.
This means that the three trails created to mark Elmer’s 30th birthday have raised £765,000 for hospice charities around the country.
The trail and auction in Ipswich raised £260,000 for St Elizabeth’s in Ipswich, while £323,000 was raised for St Luke’s in Plymouth.
“When we first partnered with Wild in Art we all thought we’d have a great summer and celebrate Elmer and the three hospice charities involved, and hoped to raise some money, but the reaction to Elmer has surpassed what we could have ever dreamed of, and to play a part in raising three quarters of a million pounds for charity in the anniversary year really is the cherry on top of this particular birthday cake,” said Paul Black, PR and brand director at Andersen Press.
The Newcastle auction is not the end of the partnership with Wild in Art, however. A trail in Maidstone, Kent has been confirmed for summer 2020 in partnership with Heart of Kent hospice, with more to come.