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Captain Sir Tom Moore and NHS heroes feature in Eye sculpture trail




People in Eye have been treated to trail around the town is being visited by sculptures of tortoises and hares designed to signify the positives that have arisen from lockdown.

The 'trail of hope' features six large sculptures which will change location, along with six smaller ones hidden in shop windows.

Among the designs is an NHS “Superhare-O” and a hare representing the recently knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore, which was designed by Amanda Church, 53, from Thornham Magna.

Eye, Suffolk, 12/08/2020..Amanda Church pictured with Colonel Tom the Gentlehare outside St Peters Church in Eye. Amanda is the designer of the Hare statue which is one of that been placed around Eye and dressed up to represent key worker heroes or inspirational stories from lockdown...Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.. (40359467)
Eye, Suffolk, 12/08/2020..Amanda Church pictured with Colonel Tom the Gentlehare outside St Peters Church in Eye. Amanda is the designer of the Hare statue which is one of that been placed around Eye and dressed up to represent key worker heroes or inspirational stories from lockdown...Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.. (40359467)

She said: “The trail is one mile long and shows how we’ve positively come out of lockdown together. The statues will be auctioned on September 17 to raise money for The Blossom Charity.

“We had a similar event last year with 27 sheep on a trail, and we raised £40,000 for the charity. We expect less this year as there are less sculptures to auction, but we still hope they do well.”

The Blossom Charity runs programmes for women who are experiencing difficulties, want help to launch a new idea or who need help getting their lives on track in any way. The charity assists this process with one to one coaching, workshops and support.

Amanda Church poses with her design (40362085)
Amanda Church poses with her design (40362085)

Bridget McIntyre, founder of The Blossom Charity, said: “We know that lockdown was really tough for many people and times will continue to be difficult and very different. We wanted our trail to show that there is always hope to help us move forwards by celebrating the heroes and positives to come out of it.”

She added: “Our talented artists have worked extremely hard to ensure that the decorated animals depict some of the good in these unprecedented times.”

Maps for the trail can be found in shops around Eye, and the sculptures will remain in the town until September 11, moving locations frequently.

Each one has a plaque which details the businesses which have sponsored the event.

Those who find sculptures are encouraged to take a picture and share them on Twitter with the hashtag#trailofhopeeye