Hospice Isle of Man are delighted to announce that Marks & Spencer Isle of Man has partnered up with The Big Splash to support the Wild in Art trail coming this year, as a large sculpture sponsor.
The Big Splash is the largest mass participation art event to ever come to the Isle of Man and will see a trail of 30 life size Dolphins take centre stage on a public art trail live around the Island for 12 weeks this year, from May – September.
Anthony Clegg, M&S Isle of Man Store Manager said:
“Marks and Spencer is delighted to be involved in a project of this scale and significance. Funds from the carrier bag charge were kept on island and enabled us to link in with Hospice which is very important and personal to many of our staff and customers. The environmental nature of the project was also very fitting.
The Big splash is an excellent opportunity to encourage people out and about around our beautiful island, enjoying the diversity of the landscape and at the same time having fun searching for Dolphins!”
Chief Executive of Hospice Isle of Man, Anne Mills said, “I am absolutely delighted that Marks & Spencer Isle of Man have chosen to support The Big Splash for this year. The team at Marks & spencer have been great ambassadors for our charity over the last few years and I’m excited to see how our relationship with them flourishes into the future.”
“Our hope is that many will follow our trail, both residents and visitors, bringing together incredible art and beautiful spots on the Island. One of our main strategies is to encourage more people to get outdoors this summer and reconnect with the nature around them, as well as raising vital funds for our patients and their families.
More than 30 individually designed ‘life sized’ dolphin sculptures along with 40 baby dolphins (Calves) will form a trail of discovery across the Island this Summer, encouraging residents and visitors alike to explore our environment from an exciting new perspective – whilst promoting our Biosphere, wellbeing and active lifestyles.
Each of these sculptures will be sponsored by local businesses who will benefit from an exciting range of PR and media opportunities prior to and throughout the trail itself. The Big Splash project has over 30 schools from across the Island working with our Education team on the Environment and will help to design one of the baby dolphins which form part of the exciting trail.
Pictured (L to R) Anthony Clegg, Store Manager of M&S Isle of Man, Melanie Kermeen, Director of Income Generation and Relationships of Hospice Isle of Man, Anne Mills, Chief Executive of Hospice Isle of Man and Kenny Marshall, Food Manager of M&S Isle of Man