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Lockdown-themed animal sculptures in Eye, featuring Captain Sir Tom Moore and NHS workers, raise £11,000 for The Blossom Charity




The auction of a number of lockdown-themed animal sculptures has raised thousands of pounds for a women’s charity in Eye this week.

On Friday, six large and six mini tortoises and hares fetched an impressive £11,000 through an online auction for The Blossom Charity, which offers coaching courses to help women make changes in their lives.

The sculptures were sponsored by businesses in the town and painted by local artists to celebrate some of the more uplifting moments of lockdown; “Super Haro-O” was a tribute and thank you to the NHS and essential workers, “What lockdown Tortoise” featured the planet healing due to low pollution, “Colonel Tom, the Gentlehare” was a tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, “Ready Steady Mo”showed an array of garden flowers, “Sportoise” celebrated all the efforts to keep fir during lockdown and “Nutbrown” featured an assortment of photos of the residents of Eye, alongside six further sculptures in a variety of themes and colours.

The Blossom Charity has sold lockdown-themed animal statues to raise money as part of the Eye Town Trail. Pictured from left Cheryl Mitchell, Clare Jackson and Mandi Church. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
The Blossom Charity has sold lockdown-themed animal statues to raise money as part of the Eye Town Trail. Pictured from left Cheryl Mitchell, Clare Jackson and Mandi Church. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Bridget McIntyre, founder of The Blossom Charity, expressed her gratitude to those who had bid, given the turbulent circumstances.

She said: “We are delighted with the money raised.

“£11,000 is an impressive sum, particularly in these strange times.

The hare and tortoise sculptures have raised £11,000 for The Blossom Charity at auction. Pictured from left Cheryl Mitchell, Clare Jackson and Mandi Church. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
The hare and tortoise sculptures have raised £11,000 for The Blossom Charity at auction. Pictured from left Cheryl Mitchell, Clare Jackson and Mandi Church. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

“I am very grateful to everyone who bidded, the artists and the sponsors and team who made it happen.

“We could have cancelled the event but we wanted to do something to bring smiles to the people of Eye and the visitors, and I think we did.

The money raised will go towards the charity’s new “Reboot”programme, which has been set up to to help support people in the area who have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

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