A Great Heilan Coo…..Could Belong to You!

19 August 2022

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Highland Hospice is bringing to an end its successful summer art event, ‘The Great Heilan Coo Trail’ and offering people the chance to own a coo sculpture of their very own.

Sponsored by Caley Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, the trail has consisted of 22 beautifully decorated Heilan coos, scattered across the Highlands in various locations. Locals and tourists alike have been flocking to the sculptures to see as many as possible. Each coo was uniquely designed and painted by a local artist and sponsored by a local company. They were created by sculptor Scott Gleed of Gleed3D.

Now, with the trail reaching its end, the coos are being gathered before being auctioned at a special event at Eden Court’s Under Canvas setting on Friday 2 September. Individuals and businesses are invited to attend the special event, and bid on the coos as they go under the hammer. All auction proceeds will go to support Highland Hospice – providing comfort and support to patients, their families and communities when they need it the most.

Fundraiser Jenna Hayden said, “We would urge as many people as possible to join us in person on Friday 2 September for refreshments, canapes and live entertainment. This will be a fun night and you could leave with a beautiful coo sculpture of your own.”

For anyone who can’t make it in person, online bidding will be available from Friday 19th August and will run until – and during - the event, via Dingwall Mart’s online catalogue.

Jennifer Morrison from main sponsor Caley Timber & Building Supplies Ltd said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to act as The Great Heilan Coo Trail main sponsor. The sculptures are spectacular, and seeing the joy on people’s faces as they go coo spotting has been just incredible.”

Artist Becky Lister-Kaye who painted the stunning Bos taurus, situated at Harry Gow in North Kessock, added, “I am so privileged to have had my coo design featured in this beautiful art trail. The feedback on all the designs has been so positive, and I’ve loved seeing the joy that visiting my particular coo has given to the public over the past few months. Now I am excited to see where Bos taurus will find his “forever home.”

Twenty-one coos will be up for auction on 2nd September, as Caley Coo (painted by Hospice service user Sheree Gregg) is a raffle prize, to be drawn before the event.

Before the auction a family fun weekend will be held at Bellfield Park in Inverness. Ta Ta For Noo Coos will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, offering the chance to see all the coos lined up together, with a host of activities and face painting on offer.

To book your ticket for the family fun weekend, please click here.

To place your bid on a coo of your choice, please click here.

To attend The Great Heilan Coo Auction on the evening of Friday 2 September, please contact The Coo Crew.

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