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3-group-sideAnother cow is grazing in Woking, Lily has joined the CowParade Surrey herd and can be found in Jubilee Square for those keen to spot her. Lily is the creation of Sneaky Raccoon, the artist name of London based freelance Graphic Illustrator and Designer, Anna Mullin, who specialises in the areas of bespoke illustration with a focus on animals and nature.

Lily is the creation of Sneaky Raccoon, the artist name of Manchester based freelance Graphic Illustrator and Designer, Anna Mullin, whose work often features animal, nature or environmental subjects.

Sneaky Raccoon comment: ”Lily is named after the rare water lilies that are naturally found growing in conservation areas of Woking. My design features a subtle graphic message in the form of a heart which is intended to be seen by the birds above or those tall enough to notice. It is a suggestion of unity between nature and the people, which also serves as a positive message for the multi-cultural community of Woking.”

cow-1CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across the county during the Summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. The cows are put out to graze and dotted around Surrey until the end of August for all to see. A specially designed app, created by Woking based, digital design agency Akiko Design, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com and will allows each cow to be virtually collected. Discover lots about each cow, win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find all the cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!

cow-7Lily has been sponsored jointly between Skanska and John Laing who have nominated charity Groundwork to benefit from the auction proceeds of Lily. Groundwork support people across the UK to carry out thousands of projects each year. They help to bring out the best in young people by helping them to improve their local area, building stronger communities by improving green space and getting people back into work and creating green jobs.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork comments:

“We are grateful to Skanska and John Laing for donating the money that is raised from Lily’s sale to Groundwork to help us to continue to improve people’s prospects and change lives and across the UK.

“It’s wonderful to be involved in such a fun, creative event such as the Surrey Cow Parade that showcases Lily in all her technicolour glory while raising money for a good cause. We hope Lily brings a smile to the faces of the many people she will meet along her journey.”

2-front-groupPaul Bannister, Investment Director, Skanska comments: “We are delighted to be supporting Surrey Hills CowParade. We are upgrading and maintaining street lighting and providing facilities management services on behalf of Surrey County Council. Our engineering business is also based in Woking, so many of our team are local people. Our cow, designed by artist Sneaky Raccoon, will raise funds for Groundwork and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, both local charities established to conserve and regenerate local community projects.”

The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will also benefit from the auction of Lily. Established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund helps to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, supporting local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape. Visit http://www.surreyhills.org/trust-fund/ to find out more.