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Totally Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Art Trail, One Stockport Frogs and a host of other amphibious activities in 2021 have announced the final figure, raising over £37,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green.
Following the success of Stockport’s first art trail in 2019, the town’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail, organised by Totally Stockport, created a unique trail of 21 gigantic frogs across the town centre throughout the summer of 2021
They were joined by 17 One Stockport frogs located in district centres made it a borough wide project. The giant frog sculptures celebrated each area’s uniqueness and attracted visitors to high streets across Stockport to encourage people to support their local traders who had been severely impacted by the lockdowns and restricted opening due to the pandemic.
The 21 town centre frogs, alongside seven of the One Stockport frogs, raised £34,920.00 when they were sold at a charity auction event held at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park grounds in November 2021. Other contributions from frog-related fundraising activities in schools and businesses in Stockport has seen a total of £37,722.71 raised so far for St Ann’s Hospice.
In Heald Green, where the hospice charity is based, local residents and businesses also raised a further £1661 thanks to their contributions that saw Mercury Frog come to Finney Lane in 2021. The One Stockport Frog features a range of key landmarks in the area, and takes it name from the former telephone code for the area, as Hg is Mercury’s chemical symbol.
Cllr Carole McCann, who represents the Heald Green ward on Stockport Council, presented the district’s £1661 donation at a presentation on 11th January, which came from surplus funds donated by shopkeepers and local residents to bring Mercury Frog to the area.