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Bury St Edmunds World War 1 Art Trail

Posted on Thursday, 5th April, 2018

Have you heard about the amazing World War 1 Memorial Art Trail? This trail around Bury St Edmunds town centre will feature a number of beautiful and poignant artworks that commemorate the Great War during its centenary year in 2018.

We have been working hard alongside The Royal British Legion, My WiSH Charity, and West Suffolk Hospital to produce this project that will feature 18 pieces, commissioned by local artists and sculptors. The pieces will be located in various town centre locations and will be on show from July 23rd to November 11th.

“We wanted to build on the success of the Wolf Trail in 2015 which brought in over 15,000 people into the town and we wanted to do something similar and raise funds for a local charity.” Said Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds.

“We didn’t want to just do another animal trail, that’s commonplace now. I wanted Bury again to do something unique and raise the profile of the town in this important anniversary”, he continued.

The trail not only aims to raise awareness of World War 1, but also raise awareness of the work of local artists along with funds for My WiSH’s Every Heart Matters Appeal, which supports West Suffolk Hospital, by auctioning off the artworks at the culmination of the trail.

“We are working with My WiSH Charity to mark the centenary of the conclusion of World War 1 and we are also keen to work with local artists and bring people together to outline the aspects of the War in mainland Europe and how it impacted on the people of Bury St Edmunds” says Mr Cordell.

The appeal is aiming to raise £500,000 to help fund building a brand new cardiac centre at the hospital. The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite but the £500,000 My WiSH Charity is hoping to raise will lead to the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, being brought together in one purpose-built centre.

My WiSH fundraising manager Sue Smith said: “It’s going to be very exciting, it’s going to be bringing the community back together again and it’s going to allow our younger generation to become more aware of the First World War and what it means today, which I think is extremely important.”

Anyone wanting to purchase or sponsor a piece of artwork should contact the team on 01284 712952 or fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk

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