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convalescing_cow-2Esteemed British actress Miriam Margolyes was on hand today to unveil officially ‘convalescing cow’ the latest entrant to CowParade Surrey. Miriam who is currently recuperating at The Clavadel following surgery to replace her knee; “speaking as a convalescent cow, I’m delighted to take part in such a fun and jolly idea. Bringing art and charity together through these cows is a wonderful; I will enjoy following the progress of CowParade Surrey and hope our ‘Convalescing Cow’ raises much needed funds for the Arthritis Research Council”

The Clavadel is a brand new post-operative rehabilitation Centre built in Guildford and one of the first of its kind in the UK. The Clavadel specializes in post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation and convalescent care and boasts a state of the art hydrotherapy pool to speed the recovery of its patients.

Convalescing cow is the creation of artist Peter Sampson, who had done an initial design of a cow dressed in stripped pajama’s lying down, Charles Geoghegan the owner of The Clavadel said “I saw the design and thought of our patients and wondered whether this could be adapted to show a little of what we do at The Clavadel, Peter helped me change the design and I think has come up with a brilliant example of an injured cow coming to receive excellent re-hab.”

convalescing_cow-1CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fiberglass cows placed in popular landmarks across Surrey this summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. A specially designed app, created by digital design agency Akiko Design, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com and will allow you to ‘check in’ to each cow as it’s found. You’ll discover lots about each cow, be able to win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!

The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. Each cow sponsor gets to choose a charity of their own to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Convalescing Cow will raise funds for the Arthritis Research Council, who are the leading charity researching the treatment, prevention and cure of arthritis.

convalescing_cow-3Charles Geoghegan comments; “this is an excellent idea to promote Surrey and raise money for many wonderful charities at the same time and one we are very proud to be part of. As a company The Geoghegan Group has supported the Arthritis Research Council for 30 years since its creation with our first home The Old Rectory Nursing home in Ewhurst. We have seen first-hand how debilitating this slow degenerative disease can be especially for the elderly and the work done by the Arthritis Research Council is vital in trying to find a solution to this condition.

Convalescing Cow will be put out to graze outside The Clavadel in Guildford, make sure you go and find her and ‘check in’ using the CowParade Surrey app.