Farewell wave to Big Splash as auction raises £151,000

The Big Splash auction has raised £151,000 for Hospice Isle of Man.

The final event in Hospice’s flagship fundraising project for 2022, the auction attracted more than 200 people to the Villa Marina, together with online bidders, on Wednesday October 12 when 31 dolphin sculptures went under the hammer wielded by Charles Hanson, from BBC TV’s Bargain Hunt, with the proceedings co-hosted by Matt Fletcher from 3FM.

‘Pride of the pod’ was Manx Beauty, which went for £8,500, while Hospice is set to have a permanent reminder of its Big Splash campaign after a five-strong group joined forces to successfully bid for Dolphin Dreams, which will be homed at Hospice’s Strang headquarters.

Hospice CEO Anne Mills said: ‘What a fantastic evening. The auction was a wonderful farewell wave to our Big Splash project. All of us at Hospice extend our heartfelt thanks; not only to those who bid so enthusiastically on auction night to raise such an amazing sum of money, but also to our sponsors, local businesses, schools, community groups and everyone else who supported us throughout the summer. The Big Splash has showcased some truly outstanding artistic talent and reconnected people of all ages to the great Manx outdoors. But above all, it has reaffirmed the overwhelming generosity and loyalty of the people of the Isle of Man. And for that, we are forever grateful.’

The Big Splash art trail ran from Friday May 27 to Monday September 19. Featuring more than 30 individually designed dolphin sculptures and some 40 dolphin calves installed at landmark sites around the island, the public art project aimed to raise awareness of and funds for Hospice’s transformational work in the community.

Every year Hospice Isle of Man needs more than £5million to continue delivering – at no cost – its extensive range of end-of-life and palliative care services. To find out more visit hospice.org.im.

The Big Splash Isle of Man 2022