Thompsons Contracts announced as a Presenting Partner

Date published: 1 June 2023

Meet one of our Presenting Partners: Thompsons Contracts

Blackpool-based Thompson Contracts has become the first Presenting Partner of a major art trail which will boost the local economy and tourism, and bring civic pride to Blackpool.

Thompsons Contracts has invested significant sponsorship into Elmer’s Big Parade Blackpool, which will see at least 30 large Elmer sculptures in key locations across town in its first ever large-scale public art event.

The family-friendly art trail is being organised by, and will raise vital funds for, Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Marton-based Thompsons Contracts are new supporters to Brian House and were keen to get involved in Elmer’s Big Parade Blackpool.

Owner Matthew Thompson said: “We are absolutely thrilled and so excited to be one of the Presenting Partners of Elmer’s Big Parade Blackpool, helping to bring the very first large-scale public art trail to Blackpool.

“This sponsorship opportunity was a chance for us to get involved with an incredibly important local charity as well as an association with such a high-profile event in the town. We are really looking forward to working with the Elmer team at Brian House and learning more about the children’s hospice as well as the art trail.”

Elmer, the Patchwork Elephant, is a much-celebrated children’s book character created by children’s author and illustrator David McKee. He reminds us about the importance of kindness, inclusivity, individuality, compassion and friendship.

For Brian House, Elmer echoes the hospice’s own values and the celebration how it’s the children’s differences that bring families together.

As a Presenting Partner, Thompsons Contracts will sponsor two Elmer sculptures, which will be decorated by independent artists and illustrators. As one of the highest level sponsors, the Thompsons Contracts logo will appear on all material associated with Elmer’s Big Parade Blackpool.

Linzi Warburton, Head of Fundraising at Brian House, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Thompsons Contracts on board as a Presenting Partner of our art trail.

“This is such an exciting new event for the town, and by being involved, Thompsons Contracts truly is instrumental in making it happen. We are honoured that they have chosen to be associated with this high-profile, family-friendly event in a very big way.

“Thanks to them, Elmer’s Big Parade Blackpool has got off to a spectacular start, and we can’t wait to welcome more Elmer sponsors to our herd, helping to boost Blackpool’s economy and tourism, and bring civic pride in the diverse town we are proud to call home.”

For more information about Elmer’s Big Parade Blackpool and how your businesses can get involved, check out our sponsors page

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