Snowdog & Snowpup Charity Fundraiser for Pilgrims Hospices
Following a successful 10-week public trail around the borough, Ashford’s amazing Snowdog and Snowpup sculptures raised a total of £142,000 with a special charity night.
In a final farewell (following the success of the Farewell Weekend held at the Julie Rose Stadium on 1st and 2nd December), a glamorous gala auction was held at Ashford International Hotel, with celebrity TV auctioneer and hosts Michael Hogben and Alison Chapman at the helm as local businesses and residents clamoured for their favourite dog.
Mr Doodle’s Doodle Dog sold for the highest bid of the night at £15,000 – with the man himself live doodling a picture that became part of the bidder’s prize. Bagdogg, another popular pooch, sold for £9,000, just to name a few.
Snowdogs Discover Ashford was brought to the town over 10 weeks between September and November in a joint initiative by Wild in Art, Ashford Borough Council and Pilgrims Hospices, and the residents of Ashford embraced the magical event, based on the popular children’s story The Snowman and the Snowdog by Raymond Briggs.
The Snowdog sculptures were designed by local artists and sponsored by local businesses, together with 19 Snowpups that have been designed and decorated by 19 local schools.