Excitement was at an all-time high as the team from St Oswald’s Hospice headed out to collect their new set of wheels, ready to transport their Oscar-winning star around the city.

One of the North East’s leading van dealerships has once again partnered with St Oswald’s to ensure Shaun the Sheep is able to make his way around the region in total comfort and style.

Bell Truck and Van, Mercedes-Benz franchise for the North East of England, have generously donated an eSprinter for the 14-month long project. This baa-riliant electric van has a combined WLTP range of 82-95 miles and with rapid charging, the van can be 80% charged within 30-120 minutes! So not only will Shaun be going far and wide across the region, he’ll be going emission free.

Ben Sowersby MD Bell Truck and Van shared, “We are delighted to be providing the official transport for Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne. St. Oswald’s makes a meaningful difference in the local community providing vital services to care for those with life limiting conditions and their families. We are proud to offer our support and look forward to exploring the art trail next year.”

Shaun’s first stop in his new wheels was at a Business Breakfast event in Newcastle, where current and prospective event sponsors were invited along to hear more about what’s in store.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of Bell Truck and Van as we embark on the 2023 Shaun on the Tyne art trail,” said Libby Fryer, Events Manager at St. Oswald’s Hospice.

“The van looks fabulous and very eye-catching with the Shaun branding! We’re hugely grateful to Bell Truck & Van for their generosity and support, and it’s been great to get out and about.”

Arriving on Tyneside in summer 2023, a fifty-strong flock of Shaun the Sheep sculptures featuring specially selected artwork and designs will be scattered around various locations throughout Newcastle City Centre to form a public art trail opening from July 19th and running until September 23rd. Smaller flocks will be on location around the region, adopted and painted by schools and youth groups, forming part of the wider trail.

The trail will culminate with a special event, where the larger sculptures will be auctioned and the money raised going directly to St Oswald’s Hospice.

Find out more about the Shaun on the Tyne art trail.

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