How are St Barnabas involved?

Each IMP has been kindly sponsored by Lincoln business or organisation. Once the Trail ends in September there will be a celebration event, where the IMPS are brought together in Lincoln Castle, before they are auctioned in Lincoln Cathedral.

The initial sponsorship goes towards the cost of the artist, design and materials to make the IMP sculptures. But this year, any profits made from the final IMP sale will go to support St Barnabas Hospice offer more, outstanding end of life care to the people of Lincolnshire.

We also have lots of ideas listed below on how you can get involved and fundraise too!

Fundraising is a huge part of each arts trail and we want to give you every opportunity to get involved and raise vital funds for St Barnabas.

Choosing our Imp

Not one to be left out, we have sponsored our very own IMP, which has already visited several our clinical sites and our shops around the County!

We were lucky enough to choose an IMP painted by Carolyn Short, an acclaimed Lincolnshire artist who also designed a Baron and a Knight.

We were instantly drawn to Carolyn’s ‘Myths and Legends’ design. The Green Man foliage for the IMPs head, and nocturnal animals in the moonlight set in Lincolnshire’s wide expanse of wheat fields seemed both magical and beautiful to us. What’s more the cheeky IMPS shape still shines through.

We won’t be announcing where our IMP is until the trail launches so keep your eyes peeled on social media for the BIG reveal.

Planning your visit?

The Lincoln IMP Trail will run from Saturday 3rd July to Wednesday 8th September 2021 and one extra IMP taking up residence at the seaside in Skegness. The Trail is free! 

But each IMP has a QR code to donate to St Barnabas. Even £1 can help go towards our mission and goal to give everyone in Lincolnshire outstanding end of life care. 

What’s more; 

Five ‘Roaming’ Imps will move among shops and businesses, peeping out from window displays and shop doorways. 

AND lots of little IMPS, decorated by Lincolnshire Primary schools will be dotted around indoor venues as part of the Education Trail, with EBP (Education Business Partnership) 

Who are you supporting?

Austin Sheppard is the inspirational St Barnabas supporter behind the ‘This Dad Can Run’ blog and Instagram page.

His running journey was inspired by his children and he now uses this platform to support other runners, talk about mental health and raise vital money for charities. One charity which he has recently been supporting is St Barnabas Hospice, who cared for his dad, Alan, during the last few weeks of his life.

“Dad was a larger than life character in many ways; he would talk to anyone and everyone, making time to ask people how they were. I have so many great memories of running and walking together with him.”

Read Austin’s Story

Fundraising ideas


An IMP themed Bake off

Our IMP is all different colours, but ‘yellowbelly’ yellow is THE colour of the Trail. Rustle up some yellow themed bakes – think Lemon Meringue Pie, Victoria Sponge and Battenberg for a bake sale at school or work.


Run the Route

As lockdown has lifted there is no reason to run alone. Invite your friends, family or colleagues for a 5km run for charity and make sure you stop for a IMPselfie at each stop.


Cycle the Trail

We know we have lots of keen cyclist supporters and this ‘not too long’ route is perfect for all ages to get out and enjoy on two wheels.


Dress to IMPress

What about donning your favourite ‘myths and legends’ outfits as a family and walk the route in support of St Barnabas.


Did someone say Walkies?

If you are looking for the perfect dog walk, then this route is a perfect stroll to enjoy the very best of Lincoln’s skyline. You will venture down into the City Centre, and through the stonebow. Up to the Cathedral and Castle and as far as St Marks and the new Cornhill.