Date published: 10 October 2016 by Anna Jackson
Mootilda, our marvellous moo, will go under the hammer along with 40 other cows from the Surrey Hills Cow Parade at Sandown Park racecourse on Thursday 20 October.
The colourful cow, hand painted by children supported by Rainbow Trust, which supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness, is estimated to reach between £3,000 and £5,000. The auction proceeds will help families supported by Rainbow Trust who have dedicated Family Support Workers helping them at home, in hospital and in the community, however they can to make life a little easier.
Mootilda will be auctioned by Ewbank’s, Surrey and Hampshire’s Premier Auctioneer & Valuers, who are able to take online bids before and during the event at Esher’s racecourse.
The evening starts at 6pm where Mootilda and friends will be showcased in the parade ring, followed by a three-course meal before the auction at 8pm. The cows were assessed by a panel of judges who decided whether they should be auctioned at Sandown Park or at a ‘Gala’ auction at Hampton Court Palace on 17 November.
Mootilda, sponsored by Leatherhead based GA Telesis, was designed by Weymouth artist Vikki Gibson at the Weymouth Art Asylum. Siblings from families supported by Rainbow Trust painted multi-coloured hand prints on one side, representing the charity’s support of children and families. The other side depicts a magical landscape of fields, flowers, trees and the sun in vibrant colours of the rainbow.
Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, said:
“Mootilda has enjoyed her journey across Surrey and it has been wonderful to watch children and families admiring her. We wish her every luck during the auction and would like to thank GA Telesis again for sponsoring Rainbow Trust’s cow. We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the world’s biggest public art event, CowParade Surrey.”
Tim Metson, CowParade Leader said:
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own your very own piece of art that can be situated either inside or outside. Each cow has been uniquely decorated, many by professional and up-and-coming artists. The cows will support over 52 charities many of which are Surrey based – a fantastic end to the project.”
A percentage of the auction’s proceeds will go to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, which, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, helps protect the Surrey Hills for future generations. The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. They work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.
You can bid for Mootilda here.