On 14 February Pilgrims Hospice Ashford was delighted to unveil their newest resident in the grounds of the hospice, the Snowdog Parklife.
After the successful Snowdog trail, which brought pleasure to the people of Ashford and beyond in autumn 2018, many residents were delighted that some of the unique pieces of art bought at the Gala Auction remained as part of the community and can be visited within the town. Joining these now is Parklife, who was one of a pair bought by Vin Donald Trinh.
Mr Donald-Trinh so enjoyed every aspect of the Snowdog trail, he wanted patients, visitors, staff and volunteers to be able to continue to share in that enjoyment. Parklife has therefore been loaned to Pilgrims Hospices and will be on display for the forthcoming year.
The family agreed without hesitation, that it was befitting for Parklife to stand where he would bring much joy and happiness to all those who visit and work at Pilgrims.
Vin Donald Trinh, who successfully bid on Parklife at the Snowdogs Gala Auction
Parklife was designed by artist Kathleen Smith who wanted to encourage people to enjoy the parks in and around Ashford with all their exciting wildlife. With a wildlife orchard, sensory garden, pond and glorious setting at the hospice, Parklife will find a friendly home.
Mr Donald Trinh said: “Like many living near and far from Ashford, we were immediately captured by the colourful Snowdogs. They brightened up Ashford and became a really fun feature for everyone to enjoy.
We took our young children around the town spotting them each weekend, taking pictures. Every Snowdog visited brought great excitement and joy to both of our children, every one was a favourite as we loved them all!
We saw the Snowdogs when they gathered at the Julie Rose Stadium for the Farewell Weekend and from there the family thought that if we were lucky enough we would attempt to bid for one. We also knew that the Snowdogs were there for a very special purpose and that was to support Pilgrims Hospices in the fantastic work that they do; work which is often difficult but invaluable.
We feel extremely lucky and privileged to be part of the Snowdogs journey in Ashford. It was never our original intention to loan Parklife to the Hospice but having been so very fortunate in the auction, the family agreed without hesitation, that it was befitting for Parklife to stand where he would bring much joy and happiness to all those who visit and work at Pilgrims. This would be the biggest gratitude we could have bestowed in return for the joy the Snowdogs brought to our family and all others in Ashford.
We very much hope that Parklife fits in well at his new home and the family shall visit him regularly to make sure he’s behaving himself!”