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1 Carolyn Johnston and Catherine Thurston‘Painted Lady’ is the creation of Surrey artist Kirstin Wood and is proving a very popular heifer in the CowParade Surrey herd. Adorned with eye-catching butterflies this beautiful moo was lovingly created through art therapy sessions with disabled young people and adults from White Lodge Centre in Chertsey.

Kirstin Wood comments; “I really enjoyed collaborating with the art students from White Lodge – they designed and created some beautiful butterflies for me to incorporate in to the design of ‘Painted Lady’ and I’m really pleased with the way she has turned out!”

cow 3‘Painted Lady’ joins a herd of 62 full-size fibreglass cows which form part of CowParade, the world’s largest public art event. This fun filled event is seeing decorated cows dotted throughout Surrey until the end of August. 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 shows where the cows are located and allows each cow to be virtually collected. There’s lots to find out 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!

‘Painted Lady’ has been sponsored by Belron International and takes pride of place outside their Belron offices in Egham she is the first of the herd to be grazing in North Surrey.

cow 8Carolyn Johnston, Corporate Responsibility Executive, Belron International comments “Belron International is delighted to be taking part in Cow Parade Surrey, a fantastic initiative which engages with the local Surrey community as well as connecting businesses, schools and organisations alike.

We are very proud to involve our local charity partner, White Lodge Centre which supports disabled children, young people and adults, their families and carers in Surrey and throughout the surrounding areas. The art therapy class at the Centre did a brilliant job at designing the butterflies for our cow and local artist, Kirstin Wood was equally brilliant at bringing the designs to life.”

Carolyn continues “White Lodge has been our partner since moving to Egham six years ago. In that time all of our people have been involved in fundraising and volunteering for the Centre. This local partnership is very important to us. It gives our people the opportunity to connect with the charity and see how they can make a difference.”

cow 3a closerThe 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. ‘Painted Lady’ will also raise funds for White Lodge Centre who support disabled children, young people and adults, their families and carers in Surrey. They specialise in care for those with a diverse range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and other similar conditions.

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