Bringing the Bear to Boldmere

Bringing the Bear to Boldmere

Boldmere Futures Partnership aims to bring a Bear decorated by local artists to Boldmere High Street as part of the Big Sleuth 2017

We did it!

On 5th Apr 2017 we successfully raised £1,275 with 45 supporters in 56 days

Following on from the huge success of ‘The Big Hoot’ in 2015 which saw over 80 owl statues appear around the city and raised money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, this year it’s the turn of the bears!

‘The Big Sleuth’ will see nearly 100 bear statues appear around Birmingham and Boldmere is bidding to have one right on our High Street.

The Boldmere Bear will attract a huge number of people to Boldmere as part of the official trail. This will bring immense benefit to our local residents & retailers and help us put Boldmere on the map, showing Birmingham and the West Midlands what a brilliant place Boldmere is! We also get to keep the bear after the Big Sleuth has finished, leaving Boldmere with an icon of community spirit for the future.

He looks a bit plain at the moment, but a local artist will give him a lick of paint with a design inspired by Boldmere. The artist will be selected via a competition, look out for details in the near future.

To get our bear, we have to raise over £5,500. We have already secured nearly £2,000 from local businesses and this figure is still rising. But now it’s your turn! We’re encouraging everyone in the community to get behind this great venture and contribute what you can. Together we’ll have something that Boldmere can be proud of for years to come!

If this crowdfunding target of £3,300 is reached, any extra donations will roll into the Legacy Fund which will ensure that the Bear will remain in good condition at the heart of our community for future years. More info to follow on what the legacy looks like in due course.

For more information check out The Big Sleuth’s website ( and follow the Boldmere Bear on Facebook ( to find out news and updates on progress with the Boldmere Bear!

PLEASE NOTE: The money you pledge will be taken from your account when the funding ends in early April.  

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