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Herd of life-size horses set to gallop into town

NO LONG FACES: Hospice in the Weald launches its new fundraising campaign wich is being supported by the courier NO LONG FACES: Hospice in the Weald launches its new fundraising campaign wich is being supported by the courier

A herd of life-sized model horses is galloping into West Kent as part of a Courier-backed charity campaign.

Hospice in the Weald is set to launch 'Herd of the Hospice' which will involve installing 25 large fibreglass horses across Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

the charity is creating a trail so people can find the animals and grab a picture with them.

The horses will all be decorated in different ways, for example the horse in the picture is called Joseph (for his technicolour dreamcoat).

The Courier, which is the  official media sponsor of the project, spoke to Fundraising Director Beth Swarbrigg about the innovative new campaign.

She told us: "We will have 25 horses as part of the campaign all of which will be decorated differently.

"The one we have outside the office now is nicknamed Joseph because of his many colours.

"He is just one example of the various designs we will have throughout West Kent and East Sussex.

"It's like having your own public art installation."

The horses are all being sponsored by local businesses from the area, with five having already been snapped up by local firms.

It will start in July and run until September, with the horses then being auctioned off to the highest bidder at an event in October.

When deciding on the animal to front the campaign it became obvious to the fundraising team the horse would be a perfect choice.


"Horses are the symbol of Kent, you do not have to get very far to find a paddock of horses," said Mrs Swarbrigg.

"It is a majestic and graceful animal and people here love them."

The cutest part of the campaign is the ponies which will be heading to schools.

"We have 25 little ponies which will be given to local schools," added Mrs Swarbrigg.

"The children can design and paint their own ponies and if they want to do some fundraising - such as an own-clothes day - we would encourage them to do that."

The charity - which provides end of live care and support - is aiming to raise £100,000 with the trail.

The Courier's head office in Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, will play host to one of the horses.

By Joe Middleton

Last modified onFriday, 01 September 2017 14:01

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  • Hospice in the Weald
  • Maidstone Road
  • Pembury
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • TN2 4TA
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