Bears of Sheffield

The bears are coming!

Remember the elephant sculptures from the Herd of Sheffield? The sculpture trail is back for another year as bears are set to take to the streets of Sheffield in July 2020.

This exciting new project is brought to you by The Children’s Hospital Charity and will unite businesses, communities, artists and schools throughout the city and across the country, leaving a lasting legacy for years to come.

The Herd of Sheffield raised over £610,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital with 58 large and 72 small elephants and we hope to raise even more for our hospital through the Bears of Sheffield.

This time around we have 100 Little Bears sponsored and decorated by schools and 60 Big Bears sponsored by businesses and painted by professional artists. Both will be available to be seen on the trail this summer!

All funds raised through the Bears of Sheffield will help to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The ward treats children from babies through to 19 year olds from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Northampton. The transformed ward would create a new home from home for families with space, privacy and natural light to make hospital stays and isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.

Get involved!

Throughout the bears trail we're looking for local businesses, community groups and individuals who would like to do some fundraising and support us in our appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward. If you would like to get involved please just e-mail us at or phone 0114 321 2470.

  • Will the Bears of Sheffield still be happening due to the current issues surrounding Covid-19?

    Here at The Children’s Hospital Charity we wanted to reassure you that we are all working hard to ensure we deliver the Bears of Sheffield this summer. We are adapting how we work to best protect our staff, you our supporters as well as the community at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust which we continue to serve passionately.

    The Bears of Sheffield will be a celebration of the wonderful place we call home and together we will be out on the streets enjoying walking, running, cycling and even skipping along the trail, finding all the wonderfully painted bears along the way. We still plan to launch the trail in July ready for the summer holidays and if anything changes, we will keep you up to date.

    The coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented and we understand it may be a very worrying time. Fundraising may not be at the top of your priority list right now, but Sheffield Children’s Hospital remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still needs all our support more than ever. Fundraising is also a great way to bring your community, friends and family together, even if virtually. Together we can support each other as we continue supporting our amazing hospital.