We ran a competition for Year 8 students to create a fabulous design to be painted onto the elephant and Ruby C and Charlotte B, who are now in Year 9, won. They incorporated many aspects of the Cathedral and Cathedral Close, religious imagery, and music into the design, which was painted in the style of the artist Rev J L Petit (1801-1868). The candles on the legs of the elephant and the sun shown on the elephants head represent their favourite hymn ‘Shine Jesus Shine’. John Louis Petit was an artist and architectural historian whose paintings of buildings and landscapes, almost exclusively in water colour, complemented his activities as one of the mid-19th century’s leading writers and speakers on ecclesiastical architecture. Petit painted in a pre-Impressionistic style completely different from the mainstream or Pre-Raphaelites.

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“One of the things I realised as a carer was that St Giles Hospice is a charity. The wonderful advice, guidance, help and support that we had comes from the generosity of others.” – Craig Johnson, Sutton Coldfield. No matter how big or small, donations to support St Giles Hospice are always welcome. Thank you.

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