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Art Parade

Important update on the Parade

Partners & Sponsors

Thank you to all our Partners and Sponsors for their support

Learning Programme

An update for our Learning Programme schools and groups


An update for our Parade artists


Heart of Kent Hospice has taken the decision to move Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade back one year, to 2021.

The Parade of beautifully designed Elmer sculptures was set to arrive on the streets of Maidstone on 20 June 2020 and form three trails around the town, its river path, countryside and parks until 23 August for local families and tourists to enjoy.

The Hospice has taken the decision to move the Parade for several reasons. Understandably our priority is to our 880 patients and their loved ones, and to our colleagues, supporters and volunteers; and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents and tourists visiting Maidstone for the Parade.

We are supporting our patients to cope with their terminal illness and the isolation they are facing during this very challenging time and we remain committed to helping them live comfortably and with dignity at the end of their lives.  Added to which, there will be people who will sadly die from COVID-19 who also need that comfort and dignity.  All our efforts are focused on patient care at this time.

We are extremely grateful to our Parade Partners, Sponsors, Schools and Groups who all support our decision to postpone Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade and who are committed to making it even bigger and better in 2021. It will not only be a vibrant, colourful and momentous event for families to enjoy but we hope it will be a celebration of our local community uniting and getting through this challenging time together.

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