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Standing Tall: The Giraffes coming to Cambridge North

Today (21st March 2024) marks the start of Break Charity and Wild in Art's Standing Tall sculpture trail across Cambridge.

Following the highly successful Cows about Cambridge art trail in 2021, the partners are back in the city this spring to bring some colour to the streets and support valuable causes in the region. Until 2 June 2024, new giraffe sculptures will be all across Cambridge, including right here at Cambridge North.

We spoke to Peter Marron, Senior Partnerships and Project Manager at Break Charity to find out more.

What’s your role at Break Charity?

I am the Senior Partnerships and Projects Manager working within the Fundraising Team here at Break. My role includes project managing all aspects of the trail and other similar fundraising events plus working closely with our sponsors and partners to ensure our relationships are mutually beneficial and long lasting.

What does Break Charity support?

At Break we give vulnerable children, young people and families the time, support, and care they need to achieve their full potential. Whatever a child’s start in life, we believe that with the right support there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Through innovation, lifelong relationships, and keeping all those we work with at the heart of what we do, we are transforming futures and changing lives. By establishing trusting, positive, and caring relationships with our children, young people and families we can work with them to offer experiences and support beyond what’s expected of us.

Whenever the help they need is missing, we are there for them. Whether that’s through therapeutic services, respite breaks, providing a resilient home or support with parenting, we are committed to supporting them through whatever life has in store.

What is the Standing Tall trail?

After the success of Cows about Cambridge in 2021, Break, together with delivery partners Wild in Art, we are bringing a brand-new sculpture trail to the streets of Cambridge this spring from 21 March – 2 June 2024. Cambridge Standing Tall will see 31 beautifully decorated giraffe sculptures adorn the streets of Cambridge and will capture the imagination of the hundreds and thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors who we expect to journey across the trail. In addition to the large sculptures there will be 63 Mini ‘G’s to see which have been decorated by schools and community groups from across Cambridgeshire as part of the learning and community programme.

The trail won’t just be encouraging you to look up at the spectacular art on offer, but all proceeds will support Break. We hope as you gaze up at the giraffes in Spring 2024 you see them as we do: a representation of Break, standing tall for young people with care experience and telling them that the sky is never the limit.

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The Standing Tall giraffes. Credit: Break Charity

How can I support Break Charity?

Charitable donations are a huge part of making the work we do at Break come alive. Every pound you donate allows us to enrich the services we provide children and young people and ensure lifelong support in the same way any parent would for their own children.

You can donate by popping some money into one of our branded collection pots or spinners at venues across the trail. Alternatively you can give to Break via a QR code on the trail map, official App or website. We also have lots of opportunities for you to join our volunteer team and become a Trail Ranger who will be making sure our sculptures are looked after during the trail. Also, why not take on the trail by cycling, running or walking between each location and ask for sponsorship on behalf of Break?

Finally our large Giraffe sculptures will be auctioned off at a charity event on 19 June at the Graduate Hotel – this is a great opportunity for you to buy an amazing piece of art and help raise money for Break.

Where can I find out more about the trail?

To find out more about Break and the Cambridge Standing Tall please visit our website or follow us on our socials: @breaktrailcambs #bemoregiraffe

And sign up to the Break Charity newsletter.