Suffolk Pigs Gone Wild trail proves that pigs really do fly!

The Pigs Gone Wild sticker collection has flown across the Atlantic to help bring a smile to the face of Canadian Beaver Scout, Jacob Honsinger

pigs-gone-wild-smThis Summer Ipswich played host to Suffolk’s biggest ever interactive sculpture trail – Pigs Gone Wild, which featured 40 colourful pig sculptures dotted around the town.

To celebrate the trail the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star published a souvenir sticker album and collectable stickers which proved to be a real hit not just locally but internationally as well.

The Pigs Gone Wild porkers made their way across the Atlantic to bring joy and smiles to the face of Jacob Honsinger who is battling leukaemia.

The six-year-old, from St Catharines, Ontario, was sent a Pigs Gone Wild album and a full set of stickers by Brian Harvey, of Suffolk Beaver Scouts, after he heard about Jacob’s story.

Jacob was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in March 2016 when he was just five.

jacob-honsingerDad Bryce Honsinger said Jacob adores the pigs and has already filled in more than half of his album.

“He had just come home from treatment to some bad news so it really lifted his spirits and brightened his day. He really likes it and now wants to design his own pig. We went onto Google Earth and looked at England and he understands the sticker book came from way across the pond so it has been really good for him.”

Commenting on the Pigs Gone Wild Campaign, Ian Condron, Circulation Sales Manager said: “The Pigs Gone Wild project has really taken off in Ipswich and has really given the town a feel good factor – so it’s great that we have been directly involved with our own sticker and album collection.  We are delighted that the Pigs have not only boosted engagement with our local community but have been an international hit as well. We wish Jacob every success on his journey and look forward to seeing his pig design soon.”

The Pigs Gone Wild sculptures will be going to auction on Thursday 22 September, with the proceeds raised going to St. Elizabeth’s Hospice.