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Elephant art trail unveiled in Sheffield

Little Herd statues
Image caption More than 70 baby elephant statues have been placed at 11 locations throughout Sheffield

Dozens of baby elephant statues have gone on show in Sheffield as part of a charity fundraising drive.

More than 70 sculptures designed by school pupils will be on display at 11 locations until 30 September.

The project has so far raised more than £43,000 for the Children's Hospital Charity.

The sculptures are a precursor to a public art trail dubbed the Herd of Sheffield featuring 40 larger statues due to be auctioned for the charity.

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The elephant theme was chosen in honour of Lizzie the Indian elephant who was put to work in Sheffield during World War One.

As part of the project each school was asked to contribute a minimum fundraising target of £500.

Image copyright The Children's Hospital Charity
Image caption The Little Herd is a precursor to a larger public art trail dubbed the Herd of Sheffield
Image copyright Sheffield Local Studies Library
Image caption Lizzie the Indian elephant was put to work in Sheffield during World War One after the military purchased most of England's horses and sent them to the Western Front

Gemma Bower, community fundraiser at the Children's Hospital Charity, said: "We are absolutely overwhelmed by the amount our schoolchildren have raised.

"They've really gone all out with their fundraising and had lots of fun whilst doing it - we're quite simply blown away by it all."

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