Wildcats And Big Dog Forge New Friendship - The Big Dog Art Trail

Wildcats and Big Dog forge new friendship

Date published: 4 November 2022

Proof that cats and dogs can be great friends – the Swindon Wildcats are sponsoring their very own super-sized Swindog sculpture for The Big Dog Art Trail!

Earlier this month, players of the professional ice hockey team had the opportunity to meet the first painted Swindog on the ice at the GLL Better Swindon Ice Rink, where they play their home games.

The Wildcats’ sculpture will be decorated by a selected artist and feature along with around 30 other giant Swindog sculptures on the UK’s first-ever balloon dog art trail in Swindon next summer. The paw-some art spectacle will create a free walking trail through some of the town’s most well-loved and historic parks, landmarks and streets.

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Wildcats Colby Tower and Tomasz Malasinski with the first painted Swindog

Swindon Wildcats are passionate supporters of Julia’s House, and the team has recently designed a special one-off jersey to raise money for the Wiltshire children’s hospice charity.

The colourful charity jersey is being auctioned online, with bids starting at £50, and will be worn by players during a charity fundraising evening on Saturday 19th November. In contrast to the Wildcats’ white, black and red signature jerseys, the team’s bespoke Julia’s House jersey is bright blue and pink. It features the charity’s logo on the front and back, balloon dogs on the sleeves, and it is decorated all over with fun, child-friendly characters.

Sally Fox-Price, Swindon Wildcats Commercial Manager, says, “All the team here at Swindon Wildcats are extremely excited and proud to be supporting The Big Dog Art Trail. Julia’s House children’s hospice are an incredible charity and it is truly an honour to be involved and to help raise funds for them.

“The care they provide for children with life-limiting, life-threatening or terminal conditions is beyond words,” says Sally. “For anyone not already on board, I would urge you to find out more. Not only would you be helping such a worthy cause, but you will gain masses of local business exposure at the same time.”

She adds, “We’re so delighted that the Wildcats will also be wearing an exclusive Julia’s House shirt in honour of this amazing charity, and we can’t wait to welcome them to the game on the 19th of November for their fundraiser night.”

The Swindon Wildcats join a host of other local businesses who have already signed up to sponsor a Swindog, including the trail’s Community Partner Imagine Cruising and Media Partner the Swindon Advertiser, plus Nationwide Building Society, Intel, Jazzbones and inSwindon town centre BID.

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Chris Hyde, Big Dog Art Trail Project Manager, says, “We’re thrilled that the Swindon Wildcats have joined the Big Dog pack. They must be the coolest sponsor to come on board so far, and their support for Julia’s House is incredible. With the artists’ designs currently being reviewed, we’re in an exciting time of preparation for The Big Dog Art trail and we’d urge local businesses to get involved now to avoid missing out on what’s going to be a spectacular celebration of community, art and culture next year.”

Chris says, “By sponsoring a Swindog and joining The Big Dog Art Trail pack, your company will be part of an event which brings thousands of visitors to Swindon. The trail will improve brand awareness for your business or organisation in a unique and memorable way and it will help you build a feel-good factor among your employees, customers and stakeholders. Crucially, you’ll also be helping to raise funds for Julia’s House children’s hospice and supporting our care for the most seriously ill children and their families in your community.”

Swindog skates off the ice with the team

The Swindogs are coming… don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the BIG event next summer!

The Big Dog Art Trail will run from 15th July to 3rd September, 2023, and end with a grand farewell finale where all of the two-metre-high Swindog sculptures will be brought together under one roof. The giant one-of-a-kind creations will then head off to their forever homes after being adopted at a special auction event to raise money for the local children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House.

The Big Dog Art Trail is being brought to Swindon by Julia’s House and global public art producer Wild in Art, who has previously hosted trails in cities across the UK and worldwide, including the recent elephant parade in Worcester and Cows in Cambridge.

Want to get involved and join the Big Dog pack as an official Sponsor? Head over to our Sponsors page today to find out more.

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Julia’s House is your local children’s hospice charity, providing a lifeline of care for the most seriously ill children and their families across Wiltshire and Dorset.

Each family we support is unique and so is the care we provide. When a family finds out that their child has a very serious medical condition their world falls apart. Julia’s House exists to help these children and their families.

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