Ducks’ charity haul

A set of giant ducks who shared their time last year between two county tourist spots have been auctioned off for charity. The 10 larger-than-life hand-painted ducks, part of the Let’s Go Quackers project, arrived at their nesting sites in Ironbridge during last spring before spending the summer at Southwater in Telford.

The ducks, the brainchild of Telford resident Julie Ward, attracted tens of thousands of visitors from near and far, and Julie is delighted that they’ve helped achieve her aim of raising money for Severn Hospice and the Jayne Sargent Foundation. She says, “We’re immensely proud be able to pay £36,167 over to the charities. The project increased awareness of the charities and that feel-good factor spread around the borough throughout the year was priceless.”

Let’s Go Quackers also gave a one-off mini-duck to a local child undergoing treatment for cancer and donated a mural to Princess Royal Hospital.

Mike Perry, community fundraiser at Severn Hospice, says, “£18,083 is such an incredible amount and will ultimately mean we can continue to offer comforting care and emotional support to local families living with incurable illnesses.

“From auctioning off the giant ducks to selling the Quackers calendars – so much hard work has gone into raising the money, we’re so grateful that the team picked us as one of its chosen charities. It’s been great seeing the Let’s Go Quackers project become such a success and we hope the community enjoyed the art trail as much as we did.”

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