Our Big Sleuth auction proved to be a roaring success with our bear-utiful bear sculptures raising a whopping £270,281 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity when they went under the hammer at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum on 12 October.

Thank you to everyone who placed bids and congratulations to the successful bidders who will be providing our stunning bears with their forever home. The top bids were as follows:

Bear Name Artist Price
Buzz Julia Allum £9,000
Peony Passion Michelle Turton £8,000
The Bear That Cares Lynsey Brecknall & Kieron Reilly £7,000
Mother Bear Jenny Tang £6,200
Sweet William Caroline Jariwala £6,100
Peaky Blinders Jon Jones £5,900
Woaksey Bear Megan Heather Evans £5,600
Bradley’s Bear Donna Newman £5,500
Jungle Jenny Jenny Leonard £5,400
Brummie Bear Slobodan Topalovic £5,000


We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the support for The Big Sleuth this summer. Funds raised from the sale of the bears at auction will help to fund life-changing initiatives at Birmingham Children’s Hospital that will help to make a child’s stay in hospital a bit more bear-able.

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed with the response to The Big Sleuth Auction, and are thrilled to have raised £270,281 for our hospital’s charity. The money raised will make a huge difference to the 90,000 sick kids our hospital cares for each year and we can’t thank our bidders and everyone involved in the project enough for their support.”

Thank you to everyone who helped us to bring The Big Sleuth to life this summer, including our Presenting Partners, London Midland and Vodafone, our Logistics partner Harrow Green, our sponsors Resorts World, Birmingham and Edgbaston Cricket Ground, our Media Partners Birmingham Mail and Free Radio and our Education Partner, The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham. Thank you also to Fieldings Auctioneers and ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum for kindly hosting our auction.