Shaun the Sheep heading to Red Maids’ this summer

February 02 2015

A SHAUN the Sheep will be flocking to Red Maids' this summer, after the school was selected to be a sponsor of one of the 5ft Aardman sculptures.

A SHAUN the Sheep will be flocking to Red Maids' this summer, after the school was selected to be a sponsor of one of the 5ft Aardman sculptures.

Following on from the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed public arts event in 2012, which saw millions of people following the trail around Bristol, this latest initiative will again be raising funds for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Isabel Tobias, headmistress at Red Maids', said: “It is wonderful to be linked to such a worthwhile cause. Having been part of the Bristol community for so many years, this is a great way of giving something back to the city, supporting the children and families who depend on its vital hospital services.”

Organisers are expecting the event to be a massive tourist attraction to home and overseas visitors due to Shaun’s worldwide popularity.

He now has five million social media fans and is about to hit the big screen for the first time in his own movie.

The Grand Appeal will be publishing a trail map to help fans to track down all the sculptures when they are unveiled in July.

In the autumn of 2015, the sculptures from both cities will be reunited for two public exhibitions in London and Bristol, followed by a charity auction in which will raise money for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal.

The appeal, originally launched in 1995, has so far raised £27m for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.