To celebrate Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade coming to Maidstone in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice, an Elmer themed goody bag was presented to the first baby delivered at Maidstone Birth Centre on Elmer Day.
Donated by the Hospice, the bag, which contained an Elmer baby grow, book, bag and plush toy was gifted to the family of baby Ocean after she was born at 9.27am on Saturday 29 May 2021.
Janine Absalom, Maidstone Birth Centre Manager, said: “Our staff were delighted to present the Elmer goody bag, on behalf of Heart of Kent Hospice, to the family of the first baby to be born at the centre on Elmer Day. They were extremely grateful for the gift which was a welcome surprise not long after their newborn child entered the world.”
On Saturday 19 June residents and visitors woke up to a spectacular sight, as a parade of colourful Elmer sculptures appeared across Maidstone. Using David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, the Parade is Maidstone’s first-ever public art trail and is a collaboration between Heart of Kent Hospice, Wild in Art, Andersen Press and Official Presenting Partner Westerhill Homes.
Cheri Strudwick, Head of Communications at Heart of Kent Hospice, said: “We are delighted to hear that Ocean was the first baby to arrive to help us celebrate Elmer Day. On behalf of everyone at Heart of Kent Hospice we would like to wish the new family a lifetime of love, health and happiness.
“Like all new parents, we are very proud of all our 51 large and 31 small Elmer sculptures that form Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade. Launched just last week we are thrilled by the positive response from the community and urge anyone that hasn’t, to go out and have a ton of fun exploring the trail.”
After the trail ends on Sunday 22 August, all the Elmer sculptures will come together under one roof at the Farewell Weekend from Friday 3 September to Sunday 5 September at Lockmeadow, Maidstone.
Four days later, on Thursday 9 September, the large Elmer sculptures will go under the spotlight at the spectacular Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade Auction to find their forever home and help raise money for Heart of Kent Hospice.