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Top 20 cows head to pastures new after grand finale auction

img_3463The finale of CowParade Surrey took place on the evening of Thursday 17 November in the spectacular location of Hampton Court Palace. The magical setting, steeped in history provided a fitting end for the top twenty moos who raised over £130,000 on the night!

CowParade Leader Tim Metson comments; “I’m delighted with the success of CowParade Surrey. This project has captured the imaginations of everyone and has been so well supported. My thanks go to the sponsor’s, charities and artists who all worked so well together and of course those who successfully bid and took home our cows”.

img_3716The evening began at 6.30pm where guests had the opportunity to see the cows grazing in Fountain Court before making their way up the grand Queen’s staircase and into the magnificent oak-panelled Cartoon Gallery for drinks. The Great Hall was the perfect venue for the main event and guests were treated to a three course sumptuous meal before the auction began. Surrey Hills food and drink featured throughout the evening with highlights being High Clandon, Sparkling wine served as an aperitif, followed by a three course meal which included beef from Coverwood Farm in Ewhurst.

img_3693Twenty bovine beauties were auctioned off by Ewbank’s, Surrey & Hampshire’s premier auctioneers & valuers, who took online bids prior to and during the event and did a fantastic job animating the audience and ensuring the cash started flowing. ‘Frontier’, painted by acclaimed artist Alexander Creswell proved the most popular moo, selling for £14,000! This stunning heifer was also a favourite with the public getting lots of attention when she was grazing on Newlands Corner over the summer. ‘Daisy’ the creation of the Godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake was snapped up for £13,000. Other moos in demand included ‘Sunny Meadow’, painted by local artist Nicky Chubb, and sponsored by Waitrose and CowPatina, painted by Godalming based Social Enterprise, Changing Perceptions who both went for £10,000!

Money raised from both the Sandown Park and Hampton Court Palace auctions will be distributed between 52 charities and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey helps to safeguard and protect the Surrey Hills for future generations. The Community Foundation for Surrey is animg_3503 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.

Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “ The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is an exciting local initiative enabling local residents to donate now to protect and conserve the stunning natural landscape and help local communities to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.”