The Bears of Sheffield trail received a special visitor on Monday 16th August as Selket, musical inspiration behind the Quasar One bear met with artist Tom J Newell.
Selket, one half of the 60s psychedelic band Rameses & Selket, returned to Sheffield for the first time in over 40 years where the band lived and worked during the peak of their career.
The Quasar One bear is sponsored by West One Student Accommodation, a Sheffield based family business who provide accommodation for over 1,200 students.
Selket said “It’s fantastic to finally see the Quasar One bear in person!
“West One reached out to let me know when the trail began, and it feels as though my music has been brought back to life through Tom’s work.
The design really means a lot to me and it’s wonderful that this piece of art is supporting such an amazing charity.”
Andrea Marsden, Head of Residential at West One Student Accommodation, said: “We’re really excited to be involved in the Bears of Sheffield initiative, which is raising vital funds for a fantastic cause
“Corporate social responsibility is a big part of our core company ethos here at West One Student Accommodation – and initiatives such as this are crucial in raising awareness of the amazing work The Children’s Hospital Charity does.”
Sophie Coburn, Corporate Partnerships Officer at The Children’s Hospital Charity added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at West One Student Accommodation and to Tom for their brilliant support of the Bears of Sheffield.
“The Quasar One bear is a stunning sculpture which has already been enjoyed by thousands of people this summer. It was a privilege to meet Selket, learn the inspiration behind Tom’s design and it was made all the more meaningful knowing that every penny raised will help support a new Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”
The Bears are set to be auctioned at the end of the trail to raise further funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity. Every penny raised from the trail will help fund a brand new specialist Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
With more than 3,700 visits, the Quasar One bear has raised over £250 for the charity so far. You can join the Bears of Sheffield trail and see Quasar One located in St Paul’s Place.
Donate to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity via their website, or text BEARSOFSHEFF to 70085 to donate £2.00.