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First Lighthouse At Holyrood Event

The amazing lighthouse sculpture project by cancer charity CLAN, ‘Light The North‘, took another step on its journey at an event in the Scottish Parliament.

CLAN lighthouse Holyrood

Light The North ties in with 2020’s Year Of Coasts And Waters.

You can read more about the project here: ‘A lighthouse signifies hope’: CLAN’s Big Fundraiser

On Wednesday 29 January 2020 the first Lighthouse was revealed at a reception in the Scottish Parliament as part of a tourism event.

Dr Colette Backwell, chief executive of CLAN, said:

“It is an honour to have been part of VisitScotland’s parliamentary reception. We enjoyed meeting MSPs to tell them about the cancer support services provided by CLAN, and also about our exciting sculpture trail, which will both raise awareness for the cancer support services we offer and the area’s impressive coastal heritage.

“CLAN chose a lighthouse for its trail as the charity has often been described as a beacon of hope and offering light in the darkness, like lighthouses themselves. We are delighted to be part of the year of coasts and waters and proud that the trail will enhance the work done by VisitScotland to celebrate our history and natural environment.”

The reception took place in the Garden Lobby at the Scottish Parliament, and was attended by Stuart McMillan, MSP, Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and John Thurso, Chairman of VisitScotland.

At the reception, CLAN was able to present its 8ft high lighthouse sculpture, which is the first of a series of 30 sculptures which will be placed across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland to form a trail for visitors and locals alike. The lighthouse, which was transported from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by Light the North haulage sponsor Colin Lawson Transport, was recently decorated at CLAN House in Aberdeen by local artist Katie Guthrie.

Light the North is a unique celebratory art sculpture trail which will see over 30 lighthouses designed and created by some of the area’s most talented artists. The trail, which will take place in Autumn 2020, will raise significant funds for and awareness of the vital support provided by CLAN to people affected by cancer across the northeast, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

The lighthouse trail will take people on a cultural tour of the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland, letting them discover and engage with the region like never before.

The lighthouses are being sponsored by local businesses, and individuals and a schools’ education programme is available to encourage young people to learn about the importance of lighthouses to the north-east as well as designing and creating their own little lighthouse sculpture.

Chelsea Charles, VisitScotland’s Themed Years Communications & Engagement Manager,said:

“During this year we will be encouraging visitors and residents to visit and enjoy our coasts and waters, so we are proud to partner with Light the North which will encourage people to travel around and visit each sculpture, and learn more about the importance of lighthouses which have protected our shores.

“CLAN is an important charity which provides much-needed support for people affected by cancer. Most of us know someone who has been affected and the social and wellbeing services offered by CLAN can provide vital support to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer.

CLAN provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Buckie, Crimond, Elgin, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

CLAN Lighthouse Trail launched

Hugh Little, chairman CLAN, Dr Colette Backwell CLAN CEO at the launch of the Lighthouse trail last year

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