Get your very own mini version of popular Ipswich Blue piggy

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of British Ports & Pigs Gone Wild - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A Pigs Gone Wild artist inspired by the success of the trail is going above and beyond her brief to raise even more cash for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of British Ports & Pigs Gone Wild - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Norfolk-based illustrator Julia Allum painted Ipswich Blue for the Association of British Ports ahead of the trail’s launch in June.

Now she is busy painting 16 new Ipswich Blue piggy banks – 10 small, five medium and one large – which will be auctioned later in the summer.

All money raised from the piggy banks will be donated to St Elizabeth Hospice.

“I was lucky to have grown up in Holland, which was the inspiration behind Ipswich Blue in the first place,” said Ms Allum.

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of British Ports & Pigs Gone Wild. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

“I’ve always had a distinct love of art and have really enjoyed painting Ipswich Blue.

“It’s nice to do something different, as so many clients have a tight brief but with him you can just let go and be a lot more creative.

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“I previously painted a sculpture for GoGoDragons in Norwich and became hooked.”

Ms Allum, who lives in Salhouse, just outside Norwich, studied illustration at college after leaving school and has been working in the industry ever since.

The 39-year-old added: “It’s lovely to be able to do something you enjoy at the same time as raising money for a great cause like St Elizabeth Hospice.

“It’s a great project to be a part of and I’d like to thank everyone at Pigs Gone Wild, the hospice and ABP for letting me get involved and paint Ipswich Blue in the first place.”

Ipswich Blue, who currently stands outside ABP’s headquarters on the Waterfront in Ipswich town centre, will stay there until the end of the trail on September 2.

From there, all the sculptures involved in the trail will be auctioned, as will Ms Allum’s mini piggy banks, to raise vital cash for the hospice.

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