The Big Dog Trail recently auctioned Swindogs and Swinpups to raise money for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Devizes.

One particular Swindog Patches, was hand-painted by the seriously ill children and siblings cared for by Julia’s House, along with members of their care team, which features handprints, messages and beautiful pictures – all under the expert guidance of Swindon artist Hannah Dosanjh.

Patches, was one of 72 Swindogs and Swinpups that appeared on their Big Dog Trail in Swindon over the summer.

Patches and the other Swindogs raised a huge amount of money for Julia’s House at the Grand Auction, with the winning online bid for Patches by supporters Jo and Del Hall from Chippenham, who also own and manage Survival Equipment Services SES in Tetbury. They loved all the Swindogs so much that they bought another sculpture on the night, to keep and share with their family.

Jo and Del said “We had always planned to donate Patches back to Julia’s House so it could bring joy to the children at the hospice for years to come. The Julia’s House Children’s Hospice building is a wonderful facility where the charity can provide their much-needed care in such an amazing space. It’s great that Patches has been getting lots of attention and is now back in Patches rightful place, and it’s lovely to see he’s all ready for Christmas!

You can see all the amazing care and support that Julia’s House provide to children and their families on to their website and keep up to date on their news page!


-December 2023