Elvis Porksley has returned to sender

Elvis Porksley, one of the much-loved sculptures from the hugely popular Pigs Gone Wild trail this summer has returned to sender this week.

Porksley the pig was one of the stunning sculptures auctioned off in September to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice following his ten week appearance outside the curve bar as part of the interactive art trail, organised by the hospice.

The winning bidder of Elvis Porksley was Neptune Marina, who also bought Piggy The Sailor, raising a total of £6,800 for the hospice.

Neptune Marina has generously decided to support the hospice further by donating Elvis Porksley back to the local charity to be auctioned off again. This will raise further funds to support people in the community living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease, and heart failure.

Alan Swann, managing director of Neptune Marina, said: “We were very excited to bring Porksley and Piggy The Sailor to their new home of the Marina reception and they have both been welcomed by our staff and customers.

“Since they took their trip down the river earlier this month, we have decided that we don’t need two pigs, and we thought gifting Elvis back to the hospice would be a great way to raise more money for the local charity and give those people who missed out on owning a pig the first time, another opportunity to buy one.”

Elvis Porksley has now trotted back to the hospice in his blue suede shoes and is greeting visitors in reception until a new lucky winner snaps him up when he is auctioned off again.
Jack Nicholl, St Elizabeth Hospice’s fundraiser, said: “We thought Elvis Porksley had left the building but we are delighted to have him back at the hospice for now and we are very grateful to Neptune Marina for their generosity and support.

“There were lots of people who missed out on winning a pig at auction the first time round, so this is their second – and probably last – chance to get their trotters on one of our fantastic and iconic pigs as a lasting memory of an amazing event and summer.

“Pigs Gone Wild has already raised more than £200,000 for the hospice and through kindness like this we can raise a few thousand more, which all helps makes a difference to our patients and their families.”

Elvis will be available to bid on via eBay from Friday 28 October.

A mini Pig-Geswyk sculpture will also be available to bid on on eBay from Friday. The unique piece of artwork has been created by Lois Cordelia, who designed the original Pig-Geswyk sculpture for the trail.

If you would like to bid on Elvis or mini Pig-Geswyk, or to find out more about the auction, please visit our eBay store.