The Big Sleuth: Vamps’ Brad Simpson signs off Bradley Bear

The Big Sleuth has been given The Vamps seal of approval after lead singer Brad Simpson signed off ‘Bradley’s Bear’ for the hotly-anticipated family trail.

Bradley’s Bear, supported by Retail BID and, was designed by Brad and children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and painted by Birmingham mural artist Donna Newman.

Sutton Coldfield-based Brad recently saw the sculpture, painted to look like he is wearing a leather jacket, for the first time and was happy to put his name to it to help raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Big Sleuth is the sequel to The Big Hoot owl trail, which attracted more than 800,000 visitors in 2015 and raised over £625,000 in total for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The sculpture trail launches on Monday, July 10 and will run throughout the school summer holidays to help drive footfall to the city centre.

Retail BID is backing The Big Sleuth with Bradley’s Bear, a ‘Window Shopping’ bear painted by celebrated artist Temper and ‘Intrepid Bear’, endorsed by the famous TV explorer Bear Grylls.

Once again Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity has teamed up with Wild in Art to host the event.

Local businesses are sponsoring the bears, which have now been painted by artists and celebrity supporters.

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