In the run up to the Great North Snowdog auction, St Oswald’s ran a special campaign called ‘Save our Snowdog’, to raise funds to help them buy back the Snowdog Wild North East, which holds a special place in their hearts. During the trail, it was sponsored on their behalf by chART, but they really wanted to be able to offer the dog a forever home.
Carole Dixon, Children & Young Adults Service Manager said:
“Wild North East is particularly precious to us, as the staff, volunteers, children and families who use the Children’s Service watched, and even helped, paint him at St Oswald’s. The design is very child friendly, colourful and incorporated the North East so was perfect for us. However, Jina, the artist, was wonderful and enabled us to tweak the design to make him a real St Oswald’s Snowdog. Jina added hedgehogs to represent St Oswald’s hedgehog house, flowers from our gardens, a 30 year badge to mark the Hospice’s 30th anniversary and signposts to show the areas we cover. Butterflies were also included to signify
short, but beautiful lives."
"The St Oswald’s staff fully embraced the trail and often took the children and young adults out to see the Snowdogs. They also had the opportunity to go and see the whole pack before the Farewell Event. During the tense auction, we were outbid, but thanks to some generous donations to top up our budget from the audience, we ended up as the winning bidders, much to the delight of the team from our Children’s Service, who celebrated with a Mexican wave!”
Pam Hepple, Children & Young Adult's Service Administrator said:
“To us, Wild North East is more than a sculpture; he is part of our family. So we were thrilled to be able to buy him back at the auction and bring him home to be with those who love him."
“Wild North East is now home and we are all delighted. Wild North East now has a pup. Jina was kind enough to work with us to create a small replica Snowdog. However, the artwork was created using the fingerprints of our children, families and staff so it really is very special. Both dogs sit at our entrance and we are very protective over them. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who made a donation and allowed us to give our dog a home last Christmas. Our children and families will be able to enjoy him for year to come and our staff and volunteers will make sure he is well looked after.”
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