A Snowdog at the heart of the recently launched Great North Snowdogs trail has received a paw-fect gift; a scarf, knitted in memory of a loved one.
Wor Geordie is one of 61 Snowdog sculptures – inspired by Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and The Snowdog – which have been positioned across Tyne and Wear in a fundraising initiative for Newcastle’s St Oswald’s Hospice.
And now the 1.5m Snowdog, which has proved a big hit with passers-by and trail visitors outside the city’s St Nicholas Cathedral, is wearing a purple scarf knitted in tribute to a loving grandfather who was cared for at the Hospice.
Trish Robison, 58, from Walkerville, lost husband Brian, 59, in January to pancreatic cancer, but “he couldn’t have been looked after better at St Oswald’s Hospice,” she said.
“He went in to help get his pain relief under control which, thankfully, the staff managed to do for him and the care and attention he received was superb.
“If he wanted a cup of coffee it was there, if he wanted something special to eat someone would go out to get it for him – and it was such a relief to know that he was being looked after by such caring, and genuine people.”
Each of the large Snowdogs has been individually decorated by artists and celebrities and when Trish discovered her neighbour Rachel Leonard, a tutor at Newcastle College, had been tasked with decorating Wor Geordie, she asked if the family could provide him with a touching woolly tribute to Brian.
Rachel, along with Wor Geordie’s sponsor, NBS, which is headquartered at the Old Post Office Building, opposite the Cathedral, were only too happy to oblige.
Richard Waterhouse, chief executive at NBS, the UK’s leading provider of construction information and knowledge management services, said:
“In the story, the Snowdog has socks to keep his ears warm and mittens for his paws so it is very fitting that Wor Geordie should also have a lovely knitted scarf – particularly as every stitch carries fond memories of someone cared for by St Oswald’s Hospice.
“We are delighted with the response to our Snowdog, which has been admired by people of all ages and are thrilled to be taking part in such an exciting initiative which is not only showcasing the region to a much wider audience but is also supporting such a very worthwhile cause.”
After the 10-week trail ends, on 25 November, Wor Geordie and the other Snowdogs will be auctioned to raise funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.
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