THERE are many white elephants in this room – but they are there for a good reason.

A mammoth 44 large and 71 baby elephant sculptures were delivered to aerospace company Ipeco Holdings in Southend.

They will be stored until the artists, local schools, and groups begin decorating them later this month.

Volunteers from Herd In The CityPartners and Sponsors,including Ipeco,Forrester Hyde, 6rs, RickardLuckin,GreenLightPrintSolutions, Couno and Ayers & Cruiks, were on hand to help manoeuvre the sculptures from the lorry to their temporary home inside Ipeco.

Echo: Volunteers from Forrester-Hyde taking care of the baby elephants - Credit Gaz de VereVolunteers from Forrester-Hyde taking care of the baby elephants - Credit Gaz de Vere (Image: Gaz De Vere)

Rachel Hawksworth, Project Manager for Havens Hospices, said: “It’s exciting to see allthe elephants arrive safe and sound, ready for the next stage of our free family art trail.

“We’ve had a sneak peek at the designs, and we can’t wait for the artists and Learning Programme schools and groups to start decorating these beautiful sculptures.”

The elephants will be dotted around the city from the middle of July to September, marching from Shoeburyness to Leigh, before beingauctionedoff toraisethousands of pounds for the free, specialist hospice care Havens Hospices provides for local adults, children, and their families.

The Official Event Partners are BTMK Solicitors, Method IT, Ayers & Cruiks and c2c, plus Rickard Luckin as the Learning Programme Partner, Atlantic Pacific as the Logistics Partner, Echo Newspapers as the media partner, Main Media as the Photography and Videography Partner, and 6rs as the Creative Partner, which has produced the brand for the project.

Echo: Sculptures ready for offloading - Credit Gaz de VereSculptures ready for offloading - Credit Gaz de Vere (Image: Gaz De Vere)

The city will see more than 45 super-sizedelephant sculptures,along with smaller elephant sculptures decorated by schools and young people, turning Southend into an outdoor art gallery.

Activity for Herd In The City is really stomping up a notch as they look ahead to sculptures being delivered, decorated and dotted around Southend, Leigh and Shoeburyness.

Havens Hospices provides palliative nursing and supportive care to adults, young people and children living with complex or incurable conditions.

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