BIDBI wins Pete Mckee Bear at Bears of Sheffield auction with the highest bid of £30,000

3rd November 2021

BIDBI, local textile printer and manufacturer, attended the Bears of Sheffield end of trail auction and won the ‘Thank you Sheffield Children's Hospital’ Bear, designed by Pete Mckee, with the highest bid of the night at £30,000.

BIDBI which is based on Rutland Road is an ethical and sustainable textile printer. They have been supplying businesses and organisations with branded cotton bags, homewares and accessories since 2007.

Marc Larsen, Finance Director said: “The work Sheffield Children’s Hospital does is close to the hearts of many employees here at BIDBI, and also to my own family. Being able to support the charity in building a new leukemia ward and contributing to the fundraising target was an honour. This will be life-changing to so many families in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.”

“We are delighted to welcome the newest member of our team, the ‘Thank you Sheffield Children's Hospital’ bear, to our offices and can’t wait to get to teach them how to screen-print!”

“Supporting the community has always been at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to support The Sheffield Children’s Hospital in this way to show our gratitude for everything they do.”

The bear which was sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University, was located in Hallam Square, Arundel Gate, for visitors to find using an interactive map.

Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We’re delighted that Sheffield Hallam has been one of the main sponsors of this great city-wide project, which brings together local communities, businesses and artists. We’re also delighted that the bears are finding new homes in and around the city, and are raising vital funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the process.”

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