Mother of cancer victim names Elmer elephant ‘Elizabeth’ in tribute to hospice
PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:46 28 October 2020
The latest addition to Ipswich’s much-loved herd of Elmer elephants is on display at Christchurch Mansion for half-term, after being named in a competition.
The new Elmer was named after the St Elizabeth Hospice by a mother who’s daughter was cared for by the hospice in the last moments of her life.
Ceri Pilcher lost her daughter Katie at 27 years old to metastatic stomach cancer and put forward the idea of naming the elephant Elizabeth in tribute to the hospice’s work.
She said: “I’m thrilled to have chosen the winning name for the hospice elephant.
“I entered the competition to give my support to the hospice, whose fundraising and vital donations have been hit by the ongoing pandemic.
“The hospice supported our family when Katie sadly died in 2012.
“She was cared for both in the community and the inpatient unit with kindness, compassion and professionalism.”
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Staff who chose the name, felt it encompassed the many elements of the hospice which are reflected in the design.
Nurse Sarah Edwards from the hospice’s inpatient unit was picked to design and decorate the Elmer – depicting the many services and elements of the charity and the support it provides the local community.
The featured artworks include the hospice’s young adult service Zest, 24-hour phone support line OneCall, and Covid-19 fundraising campaign #HereTogether.
The ornate design was varnished by Suffolk New College automotive repair and finishing team free of charge.
Elizabeth will be taking up permanent residence in the garden at the hospice – but not before going on display for all to enjoy in Christchurch Park over half-term.
Installed on Monday, October 26, by Ipswich Borough Council, she is there until November 1 when she will be moved back to the hospice for good.
From Artiphant and Bee Kind to Elefont and Tigelephant, Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk art trail brought trunk loads of colour to Ipswich – brightening up the lives of many while helping to raise funds in the summer of 2019.
Many of the sculptures were then auctioned off after the summer trail, with the proceeds raising much needed funds for the St Elizabeth Hospice.
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