Swindon's Bus Company signs up to sponsor the Big Dog Art Trail

By Jessica Durston - 6 March 2023

  • (L - R) Chris Hyde from Big Dog Art Trail with Swindon’s Bus Company’s Raheem Kahn and one of the Swindogs

    (L - R) Chris Hyde from Big Dog Art Trail with Swindon’s Bus Company’s Raheem Kahn and one of the Swindogs

Swindon’s Bus Company has signed up to support the Big Dog Art Trail - which comes to the town this summer.

Running from 15 July - 3 September, the UK’s first-ever balloon dog sculpture art trail is set to raise essential funds for the local children’s hospice, Julia’s House. 

Andrew Sherrington, Swindon’s Bus Company General Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring one of 30 giant one-of-a-kind Swindogs, which will be unleashed across Swindon later this year.

“These super-sized balloon sculptures are set to create a wonderful, free and family-friendly walking trail through some of our most well-loved and historic parks, landmarks and streets. 

“As an established part of the local community, providing bus services across the town, it feels right be supporting this initiative - especially since this is all in aid of a cause close to our hearts - Julia’s House.

“This is also about encouraging local residents to re-discover the town they love. We’re all expecting thousands of visitors from outside of Swindon too - which should provide a welcome boost for businesses here.”

The Big Dog Art Trail, is being brought to the town by Julia’s House and Wild in Art.

It will end with a grand farewell finale, where all of the giant Swindog sculptures will be brought under one roof. They will then head off to their forever homes - after being adopted at a special charity auction.

Chris Hyde, Big Dog Art Trail project manager, said: “We’re delighted that Swindon’s Bus Company has joined the Big Dog pack as a Swindog sponsor. The support we’ve had for the art trail from the business community has been truly incredible – we now have just 10 super-sized Swindogs left to sponsor. 

“The Big Dog Art Trail will give the local business community a huge boost and will attract a throng of visitors. We’re delighted to be supporting the thriving art scene in the town and encouraging families to explore their local area. The trail will also help us to raise awareness and vital funds for Julia’s House children’s hospice, so we can continue to be a lifeline for the growing number of local families who depend on our care.”

Charlie Langhorne, managing director and co-founder Wild in Art, said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Julia’s House on this exciting art trail which will being a brand new Wild in Art sculpture to Swindon. I have no doubt that the balloon dog will capture the imaginations of residents and visitors alike, while helping to raise vital funds for Julia’s House.”

For more information about the Big Dog Art Trail, members of the public can visit bigdogarttrail.co.uk

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