‘Elephant experts’ repair damaged member of the Herd of Sheffield

Arctic Monkeys Elephant outside the Town Hall. John Woolley studies the Herd trail map
Arctic Monkeys Elephant outside the Town Hall. John Woolley studies the Herd trail map
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On Elephant Appreciation Day people are being reminded to treat the Herd of Sheffield with the respect they deserve.

Thousands of people have followed the trail of colourful elephants around the city this summer.

Heard Sheffield? in its home outside the Winter Gardens

Heard Sheffield? in its home outside the Winter Gardens

But one of the fiberglass sculptures brightening up Arundel Gate had to be removed when a slight indentation was found near its eye.

‘Elephant experts’ tended to ‘Razzle Dazzle ’em, Lizzie’, who is now back in place.

The AM elephant signed by members of the Arctic Monkeys and the Heard Sheffield? elephant spray-painted by acclaimed artist ,Temper, had to be removed from their places outside the Town Hall and next to the Winter Gardens.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital said the sculptures had endured some ‘wear and tear’ from being outside for so long.

Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and The Star team up for Herd of Sheffield Elephant fun day on Devonshire Green

Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and The Star team up for Herd of Sheffield Elephant fun day on Devonshire Green

Other similar sculptures on trails around the UK have been vandalised but apart from Razzle Dazzle’s damage Sheffielders have shown the herd love and affection.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital said: “It’s been fantastic. Sheffield really do care for the elephants.”

The Herd will be on the streets for two more weeks before their farewell parade at Meadowhall from 14 to 16 October.

Their final public appearance will be onstage when they are auctioned at the Crucible Theatre on 20 October, where the Children’s Hospital hope to boost donations to a total of at least £250,000.

Money raised will help fund a new multi-purpose Fluoroscopy System for the hospital, a life-saving piece of equipment which is used to obtain real-time moving X-rays.

The £450,000 machine is the current gold standard for the timely diagnosis and treatment of vascular trauma injuries and operates with as little radiation as possible, meaning the process is as safe as it can possibly be.

The lovely sculptures need appreciation and respect to make sure they look their best for the auction.

David Vernon-Edwards, Director at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We will be sad to say goodbye to the elephants – not only for us but for the sponsors and the city. We’ve loved seeing everyone exploring the trail over the summer.

"We hope that through bidding farewell to the Herd we will raise a significant amount of money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital – a cause which makes a real difference to so many families.”

The operation involved more than 60 on-duty firefighters, 10 standard fire engines and several support vehicles carrying extra equipment.

Group Manager Simon Rogers, who organised the exercise, said this was the fire service's biggest training scenario of the year.

Station manager Darren Perrot said: “Exercises such as this are vitally important for two reasons. First, they give our crews excellent experience, bringing realistic scenarios to life in real time.

“Second, they help us to test the procedures that we have in place to work with the other emergency services at incidents.

“How we work alongside our emergency service partners- known as interoperability- is an important aspect to our training as there is much we can continue to learn from one another about our ways of responding to incidents.”

A key aim in today’s training was to test out new guidelines for how to use the breathing apparatus that firefighters rely on inside smoke-filled buildings.

Smoke was pumped throughout the school, making the breathing apparatus essential.

Sometimes officers can get into trouble during training, so 'safe words' are used to make sure others around them understand if there is a real life emergency.

One firefighter explained that the exercise can be called off at any time by saying 'for real', which alerts officers to any real-world dangers.

Mr Wood said it would be ‘a shame’ for police and the fire service if the building was refurbished, because it is an ideal site for emergency services to train in.

The school has been left empty since pupils moved into the nearby new build over Easter last year.

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