Hog for our Hospice appeal hits £3,000

St Elizabeth Hospice's Samantha Catling and Pigs Gone Wild project manager Norman Lloyd with Dr Trot

St Elizabeth Hospice's Samantha Catling and Pigs Gone Wild project manager Norman Lloyd with Dr Trot and Nurse Honey-Cured. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The generosity of our readers has delighted us this week with nearly £800 donated to the Hog for our Hospice campaign over the weekend.

Yesterday we received a stack of cheques totalling £695 plus a cash collection of £98 from those who attended Ta Ta Trotters.

Last week we vowed to raise £5,000 to buy the Dr Trott and Nurse Honey Cured pig sculpture for St Elizabeth Hospice – a thank you for hosting the trail this summer and for putting Ipswich on the map.

Generous readers have contributed varying amounts between £5 and £500 – and we are now at £3,000.

Sending her donation, one reader said: “It has been a wonderful event for the town, although I was unable to see all of the pigs, only the ones in the town centre, I thought they were magnificent.

“I do hope you are able to raise the £5,000 to purchase the pig for the hospice.”

The campaign has been a huge success but we still need another £2,000 to reach our target and today we are calling on schools, work mates and community groups to help.

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Could you hold a non-uniform day, organise a bake-sale or do a raffle to support the cause? We have until auction day – September 22 – to reach the target.

Yesterday, Ed Sheeran, the inspiration behind the larger-than-life pig Ed Sheer-Ham revealed he would be signing the effigy, in a bid to boost its value.

Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild project manager, said: “We are hugely excited to announce that Ed will be signing the pig and writing a personal message for the highest bidder.

“I’m sure that everyone bidding for Ed Sheer-Ham will be a huge fan of the pop star and the promise of him signing the pig will hopefully encourage people to bid a bit more for the sought-after sculpture.”

It is hoped the auction will raise £100,000 for the Ipswich-based hospice.

You can register your interest to attend the auction at www.pigsgonewild.co.uk/auction