Hospice children join Great Hippo Parade

Rachael House youngsters with their hippo.
Rachael House youngsters with their hippo.

A CHILDREN’S hospice is to take part in the Great Glenrothes Hippo Parade, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Rachel House youngsters will be decorating one of the famous fibreglass animals which will feature in the parade on 16 June.

The Kingdom Centre, which own the hippos, will encourage tshoppers to donate to Children’s Hospice Association Scotland when all 32 hippos decorated by Glenrothes schools and nurseries go on show.

Manager Robert Winter said: “We are delighted to be working with CHAS for this year’s parade.

“During last year’s parade customers suggested that we add a charity link for 2012. “Given that it’s a children’s event, CHAS provided a perfect match.

“We really hope that the event helps to raise awareness of the fantastic, vital work undertaken by the hospice, and that customers show their appreciation of the Rachel House painted hippos by making a donation”.

Sarah Secombes CHAS fundraising manager, added: “The children and young people who visit Rachel House for short breaks love getting creative, as you can tell by the amount of artwork on the walls around the house.

“When we were offered the chance to decorate our own hippos we jumped at it.

The completed hippos will be a fantastic showcase for everyone’s talents and we can’t wait to see them take their place in the parade.”

The public will be invited to vote for their favourite design with a winning school and nursery chosen to both receive £500 and adopt the hippo enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.

The inaugural hippo parade took place at the shopping mall last year.

Inspired by the original Glenrothes town art concrete hippos, 18 local primary schools decorated fibreglass replicas.

Over 8,000 votes were cast by visitors to the centre, with Collydean Primary declared the winner.

The hippos also featured at the Scottish Parliament where town MSP and Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, also held an official reception for children who had taken part.

This year’s parade is set to be even bigger with 17 of the original hippos re-issued to primary schools to be painted with a new design, plus a series of baby hippos commissioned to be decorated by 15 Glenrothes nurseries.

The hippo parade is run in partnership with the Kingdom Shopping Centre, Fife Council, and the Glenrothes Twin Town Association, with adoption prize supplied by Edinburgh Zoo.

If you would like to support CHAS please contact the Kinross Fundraising office on 01577 865222 or go to www.chas.org.uk