Students raise more than £38,000 for Big Splash

The Big Splash may have finished, but funds continue to boost the campaign, thanks to students from most of the island’s primary and high schools, along with students from University College Isle of Man (UCM) who, together, raised more than £38,000 in aid of Hospice Isle of Man after taking part in the Big Splash education programme.

Part of the Big Splash Wild in Art project – a public art trail which took place over the summer and featured individually designed dolphin sculptures installed at landmark sites around the island – the programme saw schools and UCM pledge to raise funds for Hospice; in return, they received a blank dolphin calf sculpture on which to paint a design of their own making.

The programme aimed not only to raise awareness of Hospice Isle of Man but also of the natural world and rich diversity of the Manx coastline and countryside. Over the summer Pippa Salter, the programme’s coordinator, became a familiar figure in class and lecture rooms, inspiring students to get involved in the Big Splash by giving talks and devising activity sessions about Hospice, dolphins and other marine life.

Wild in Art’s senior account manager Sarah Harvey said: ‘The Big Splash has proved to be our most successful education programme to date. Wild in Art is about community, participation and engagement and the Big Splash delivered magnificently on all three counts. It has been a thrilling and inspiring experience for all of us and, I am sure, for everyone involved. We are delighted and proud to have been associated with Hospice Isle of Man and offer our sincere thanks to the students, their families and the teaching staff for supporting the programme with such enthusiasm and imagination.’

Hospice Isle of Man CEO Anne Mills said: ‘All of us at Hospice Isle of Man never cease to be amazed – and not a little humbled – by the overwhelmingly generous support the Big Splash has attracted. This is a campaign that will leave a lasting legacy, not only in terms of the much-needed funds it has raised, but also how the Big Splash has helped to inspire creativity, showcase a wealth of artistic talent and bring together generations and communities.’

The Big Splash education project was developed in partnership with Hospice’s education partner Isle of Man Arts Council and environmental partner Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch.

Every year Hospice Isle of Man must raise 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.

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