One year to go until The Big Stampede invades Hamilton

VenuesLanarkshire is calling on local businesses to join the pack and support Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity by sponsoring the Big Stampede project.

With less than a year to go until Hamilton is transformed  into a safari animal kingdom, two local businesses have already signed up. The Regent Shopping Centre in Hamilton and UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) in Bellshill are leading the charge of local companies looking to join the pack.

Launched in partnership between Hamilton BID and Wild in Art, The BIG Stampede will see a herd of elephants, tower of giraffes, pride of lions, band of gorillas, crash of rhinos and pod of hippos descend on the town in summer 2017.

The large-scale free public art event will bring businesses, artists and schools together to create a spectacular and colourful scuplture trail which will raise valuable funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

The safari squad is underway with The Regent Shopping Centre pledging its support of a giant giraffe and UKSE, which specialises in supporting businesses and the local community in the traditional steel producing area, sponsoring an elephant.

Bill Reid, centre manager from The Regent Shopping Centre, said: “The Regent Shopping Centre in Hamilton is delighted to be involved with The BIG Stampede.  The project is great for our shoppers, for the centre, for Hamilton and for such a great charity.  The event will bring great colour to the town and to the region and will be a strong reason for people across Scotland to visit Hamilton and of course shop over the next 12 months.”

Anne Clyde, regional manager for Scotland at UKSE, said: “We have been working hard over the past 40 years supporting the local community in the area. This project is exactly the type of event we are keen to be part of; it will attract visitors to the region and bring the community together.”

The sponsored giraffe and elephant will be transformed by local and national artists before taking up residence on the safari trail, which will lead visitors and locals around the streets, parks and open spaces of Hamilton and the surrounding areas and will benefit the economic, social and cultural life of the town.

The BIG Stampede has a selection of sponsorship options available including the Safari Trail Sponsor and Safari Charity Sponsor packages, as well as the Safari Community & Education Sponsor option, which is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to associate their brands with a large-scale education and community project engaging hundreds of young people.

The safari trail will go on display from June to August 2017, before being auctioned in aid of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.  Trail maps will be available from shops, libraries, community centres, hotels and other attractions and a smartphone app will include incentives and rewards for visitors who scan different safari animals on their phone.

For further information about The BIG Stampede and to find out about sponsorship opportunities, visit