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Illingworth & Gregory sponsor a Snowdog to mark their 50th anniversary

Family-owned business, Illingworth & Gregory (I&G), has been operating throughout the region for nearly 50 years, delivering a wide range of high profile construction, design and refurbishment projects.

With the company’s half-century milestone coinciding with the launch of the highly anticipated Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees art trail, I&G has chosen to mark the occasion and celebrate by sponsoring one of the giant Snowdogs which will be unleashed on the streets of Kirklees in the Autumn.

As part of their involvement with the event, I&G will also be supporting a local school, Christ Church C of E Academy in Deighton, to ensure more school children can get involved in this exciting creative project. As a Snowdog pup sponsor, I&G will partner with the school to gift one medium sculpture that the pupils will lovingly decorate, giving the school children the opportunity to work creatively together and have their work displayed to the public.

Shirley Zhong, Management Trainee at Illingworth & Gregory, has been involved with the art trail from the start, offering her help alongside other volunteers from the company to deliver the sculptures ready for decorating.

She comments: ‘We wanted to get involved to support the cause which The Kirkwood is so dedicated to, all while engaging with our community through creative art infrastructure. Alongside our sponsorship we have lots of activities planned to generate more funds for the charity, including skydives! We’re hoping this will help to start our 50th anniversary with a bang!’

Inspired by the much-loved animated film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic picture book and film The Snowman™, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees will bring the magic of The Snowdog character to life through an extraordinary public art trail.

Organised by The Kirkwood in partnership with Wild in Art and Snowman Enterprises Ltd, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees will be a free large scale art event and will show off the very best creative talent from local, regional and national artists. As part of this one of a kind public art event in West Yorkshire, businesses are being given the opportunity to sponsor one of the individually designed Snowdog sculptures. This presents businesses with a unique and exciting way to promote their business throughout the local area.

The trail will help raise awareness and essential funds for The Kirkwood as they continue their work to help and support those living with a life limiting illness in Kirklees, while encouraging visitors from far and wide to explore new parts of our region.

Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees will launch in September 2022.

To find out how you can sponsor a Snowdog, please visit

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To find out more about The Kirkwood’s mission to Support Life across Kirklees, please visit

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