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Lighthouses to shine light on north-east for cancer charity

By David Porter

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CLAN Cancer Support, the north-east’s leading cancer support and wellbeing charity, has partnered with Wild in Art to bring an exciting new art trail to the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Following on from the success of the wild dolphin trail and, most recently, the Oor Wullie Trail, they will bring over 30 lighthouse sculptures designed and created by some of the area’s most talented artists to help Light the North.

The trail will feature over 30 sculptures, spread across the regions where CLAN has a base, including Aberdeen, Banchory, Crimond, Elgin, Inverurie, Kirkwall and Lerwick and at present there will be at least one sculpture located in Inverurie.

CLAN’s chief executive, Dr. Colette Backwell, 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.

“With over 20,000 people living with cancer across the region and people living longer with cancer, CLAN’s support is more vital than ever.

“We provide the emotional and practical support needed to ensure that people’s wellbeing needs are taken care of at all stages of their cancer journey.

“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 across the world, including Manchester, Auckland, Sydney, Cape Town and São Paulo and worked with partners to create trails across Scotland including the Clyde mascot trail for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Wild Dolphins in Aberdeen and Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail.

Wild in Art co-founder and managing director Charlie Langhorne commented: “We’re very proud to debut the newest addition to our sculpture portfolio and introduce the Lighthouse for Light the North.

“The sculpture trail is the ideal way to get out and about with friends and family to see more of the place you live and learn about local history.

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

“Each individual sculpture tells a different story, and residents and tourists enjoy following the entire trail using the trail map and app.

“From schools to community groups, local people have got behind the trails, and raised millions of pounds for local causes.

“Wild in Art passionately champions the importance of art for everybody, and the social, cultural and education benefits it provides.

“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.”

CLAN is seeking support from the business community to bring the trail to life.

CLAN’s head of income generation and business development, Fiona Fernie, 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.

“The trail brings people to communities that CLAN supports.

“We have a variety of sponsorship packages to meet your business needs, inspire your staff and allow you to leave a lasting legacy across the north-east”

To be a part of Light the North, contact lighthousekeeper@clanhouse.org or call 01224 647000 or visit: www.clanhouse.org

CLAN has an outreachpresence in Aberdeen, Alford, Ballater, Banchory, Buckie, Crimond, Elgin, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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