Snowdogs auction raises £150,000, with Quinn Estates winning some pawtastic bids

Almost £150,000 was raised for charity when every Snowdog from Ashford’s town centre popular art trail was sold at auction, with Quinn Estates bidding and winning three of the Snowdogs.

‘Snowbrador’ will be gifted to the Tourist Information inside Gateway Library and ‘Infinity’ to John Wallis School. Quinn Estates will be keeping ‘Stripes’ which has been located outside Connect 38 for the last 10 weeks and hints at Ashford being the first place to get white road markings.

The gala evening held at Ashford International Hotel was the culmination of a 10-week trail, and saw high bids both from bidders in the room and online.

The glitzy event was officiated by TV auctioneers Michael Hogben and Alison Chapman, who edgged on bidders and pushed the total even higher for the Pilgrims Hospice, collecting £142,000 in total.

Mark Quinn said: “We are delighted to have been involved with this important campaign, which has brought a splash of fun and colour to each corner of Ashford town centre! It has been such a brilliant initiative and we’re proud to be a sponsor of such a great art community project.”

Cate Russell, Pilgrims Hospices Chief Execute, said: “This has been an amazing journey for us, we’ve had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people.

“We are a community charity working hard to support local families; art in any form lifts the spirit and is so life affirming; the fun and connection of the project really captures what life and love is all about.

“We have made many new friends and have had the opportunity to share the benefits of the work we do, so we know the legacy from this will live on.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us.”

Of the trail’s huge success, Cllr Mike Bennett, Portfolio holder for Culture at Ashford Borough Council, said: “Snowdogs Discover Ashford has been incredibly well received by the people of Ashford and beyond. The success of the trail has far outweighed anything we could have possibly imagined when the idea was initially brought to us. To see the community come together, bonding through art and interpreting the messages conveyed by the trail each week, was a truly wonderful experience and we’re thrilled that they have now raised so much money for such a worthy local cause.”