Excitement is building for an art trail project the likes of which has never been seen before in Kirklees.

Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees is a spectacular free event aimed at raising funds for The Kirkwood, the Huddersfield-based hospice.

The project, set to launch in September, will see more than 60 Snowdog sculptures spread across the district for people to find.

Organised by The Kirkwood in partnership with Wild in Art and Snowman Enterprises Ltd, the Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees art trail is inspired by the much-loved animated film, The Snowman and its sequel The Snowdog.

Lasting eight weeks it’s the first time a free public art trail has been attempted on this scale in West Yorkshire, and businesses are now being given the unique opportunity to raise their profile by sponsoring one of the individually-designed Snowdog sculptures.

The first official sculpture sponsors to join the pack are Paxman, Huddersfield BID, Lovell Homes, Kirklees College, Reliance Precision, Camira Fabrics, Made by Cooper and UK Greetings.

As part of their sponsorship, each organisation will be partnering with an artist to create a striking design which showcases the very best of Kirklees.

Holmfirth-based creative agency Redbak have joined the cause as design partner while Huddersfield BID hopes to attract new visitors to Huddersfield town centre.

The corporate launch at the Manor House Lindley

Kathryn Box, events manager at The Kirkwood, said: “Within our first few months of seeking sponsors, we were delighted to have 11 corporate sponsors come on board.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to these companies and organisations, all of which will now play an essential role in helping us make our art trail a huge success.

“While our sponsors have been fantastic at rallying behind us as we turn our vision into a reality, we will be returning the favour through generating powerful brand awareness for everyone involved.

“We have ambitious goals to reach and we’re still on the lookout for more corporate sponsors, whether that’s as an event partner or by becoming a Snowdog or Snowdog pup sponsor.”

An exclusive art selection event will be held on Thursday March 3, giving every sponsor the chance to select their favourite design to decorate their Snowdog.

To find out how you can sponsor a Snowdog, please visit snowdogskirklees.org.uk/sponsors