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A statue of the Dog on the steps of a palace, sitting on a cushion. Photo by Christine Wilkinson

A statue of the Dog on the steps of a palace, sitting on a cushion. Photo by Christine Wilkinson

Image: Photo by Christine Wilkinson

Gary Thomas' new project The Dog and the Palace Film and Workshops was granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognised innovative and exceptional projects that were directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Gary Thomas' project The Dog & The Palace is about a young boy who is so inspired by watching the 2012 Olympic Games on TV that he decides to write to The Queen of England to say 'Thank You'. He sends her a parcel, a statue of his little dog, and the film follows the journey of the young boy as he persuades his family they should visit London to celebrate the Games.

Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said:

“We wanted to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme recognised the work our partners all round the UK were doing to help us achieve this vision. I congratulate everyone involved in The Dog and the Palace Film & Workshops for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your work.”

Working with storyteller Jon Potter, from Company Paradiso, the project aimed to inspire young children in Primary schools to think about what it will be like as they watched the Olympics in 2012.

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Essex was the first school to host the workshops, which also gave young children an insight into filmmaking. The film was produced by Karen Gilchrist with artwork by Christine Wilkinson.

The Inspire programme

The Inspire programme was run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and offered an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games.

This was a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & skills. New opportunities were also created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in.