- Christina Dymiotis
- 2nd November 2021
BIDBI wins Pete Mckee Bear at Bears of Sheffield auction with the highest bid of £30,000
Who are the Bears of Sheffield?
The Bears of Sheffield was a public art exhibition, which includes 100 little bears and 60 big bears that were situated around the city, by The Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The bears were designed by local and international artists. The Bears of Sheffield will fund a new Leukemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital through donations, merchandise, sponsorship challenges, fundraising throughout the trail, and an auction at the end of the campaign.
BIDBI and Bears of Sheffield
BIDBI attended the Bears of Sheffield end of trail auction and won the ‘Thank you Sheffield Children's Hospital’ Bear, designed by Pete Mckee, with the highest bid of the night at £30,000. It was a fantastic event with a bear-illiant outcome for all involved. All the bears together, have raised £525,000 for the Children's Hospital.
The work Sheffield Children’s Hospital does is close to the hearts of many employees here at BIDBI. Being able to support the charity in building a new leukemia ward and contributing to the fundraising target was an honour. This will be life-changing to so many families in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.
Supporting the community has always been at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to support The Sheffield Children’s Hospital in this way to show our gratitude for everything they do.
Our new Bear
We are very excited to welcome this new colourful addition to our team. Standing at over 2m, Pete Mckee’s bear cuts an imposing figure, and gives a message of love and gratitude. It’s a message from every parent that has needed to use the services of The Children’s Hospital for their child.
Quote from the artist Pete Mc Kee
"To you lovely lot at BIDBI, I just want to say an enormous THANK YOU to all of you! I am absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible response the Bears of Sheffield received this year and have been blown away by people's generosity. To everyone who worked so hard to raise funds to buy my bear, thank you so much for your stunning dedication. This has contributed towards being able to fully fund the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield's Children's Hospital. I'm really chuffed that my bear has found a good home with you and still have to pinch myself sometimes when I think that it sold for the highest bid at auction; a whopping £30,000! I hope this bear will become a symbol for the amazing work you have done and all the positivity generated by buying it. Love Pete.xxx"
Credit: The Star.
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