Light­house trail shines light on can­cer char­ity

● Pub­lic art ini­tia­tive will have 30 sculp­tures dec­o­rated by artists

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

They light up the coast­line and pro­vide re­as­sur­ance and com­fort to those at sea. And now, they will be a bea­con of hope to hun­dreds of can­cer pa­tients af­ter be­ing cho­sen as the sub­ject for the next pub­lic art trail to hit the north and north-east.

The Light the North trail will fea­ture more than 30 light­house sculp­tures de­signed by artists from around the coun­try – and for the first time, will be lit up.

The sculp­tures will then be auc­tioned off for Clan, which pro­vides emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port to

“Light the North is an ex­cit­ing project for us”

can­cer pa­tients across Grampian, Orkney and Shet­land.

Sim­i­lar trails fea­tur­ing dol­phins, an­chors and Oor Wul­lie have raised mil­lions for good causes.

Clan’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Co­lette Back­well, said she was al­ready look­ing for­ward to see­ing the colour­ful sculp­tures pop up across the re­gion next Sep­tem­ber.

She said: “We’re de­lighted to be part­nered with Wild In Art to bring this event to life for the in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies across the area to get in­volved with.

“Clan has been sup­port­ing peo­ple for 36 years, and, as many of our clients have told us, we are a shin­ing light in the dark for any­one af­fected by can­cer. The light­house is a sym­bol that re­flects what we do and is syn­ony­mous with the ar­eas we sup­port.

“We are proud to bring the trail to com­mu­ni­ties that Clan op­er­ates in and hope that the light­house trail and our part­ner­ship with Wild In Art will al­low us to help more peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.”

Since 2008, Wild In Art has an­i­mated cities around the world in­clud­ing Syd­ney, Cape Town and Sao Paulo – as well as closer to home at the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games, the Wild Dol­phins in Aberdeen and this sum­mer’s Oor Wul­lie Big Bucket Trail.

Char­lie Langhorne, Wild In Art’s co-founder and manag­ing direc­tor, said: “Light the North is an ex­cit­ing project for us as it will be the first time sculp­tures have lit up, which cel­e­brates not just the mar­itime his­tory of the area but the im­por­tant ser­vices of­fered by Clan.

“As well as be­ing ed­u­ca­tional, the sculp­tures are beau­ti­ful, each one hav­ing been lov­ingly cre­ated by a lo­cal artist.”

Clan has ap­pealed for any busi­nesses in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the trail to get in touch.

Fiona Fernie, the char­ity’s head of in­come gen­er­a­tion and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, said: “We want to work with ex­cit­ing busi­nesses who are pas­sion­ate about en­gag­ing with the north-east, Mo­ray, Orkney and Shet­land to help us light up the re­gion with our light­houses.

“We have a va­ri­ety of spon­sor­ship pack­ages to meet your busi­ness needs, in­spire your staff and al­low you to leave a legacy.”

To be a part of Light the North, e-mail light­house­[email protected] clan­house.org or call 01224 647000.

Pho­to­graph by Chris Sum­mer

CAUSE: Clan chair­man Hugh Lit­tle and Clan chief ex­ec­u­tive Co­lette Back­well at the launch of the light­house trail.

Clan rep­re­sen­ta­tives with a light­house sculp­ture

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