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Big, beautiful eggs set to be auctioned for charity

The big, beautiful eggs are soon to be auctioned off in aid of CancerCare

CancerCare’s first Big Beautiful Egg Hunt attracted more than 500 participants and now everyone has a chance to bid for one of the fabulous artistic creations!

The big, beautiful eggs, designed by leading and emerging artists, will be auctioned off at Eighteen Eighteen Auctioneers at Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre off the M6 at Crooklands. People can enter the auction at 10am on April 23 or bid online at www.1818auctioneers.co.uk

The Big Beautiful Egg Hunt featured 13 stunning, hand-crafted egg sculptures and took place from March 24 to April 2. Egg hunters followed CancerCare’s art trail in shop windows around Lancaster City Centre and all participants were rewarded with a chocolate treat.

The artists included Chas Jacobs whose egg was on show at The Borough Hotel and Gastro Pub, Yuki Aruga at Joseph + Co, Ben Ark at Banks Lyon Shoes, Zoey Devaney at Pizza Margherita (which has also made CancerCare its Charity of the Year), Steve Wilson at Waterhouse, Anna Saczek at Renes and Firth’s, Helen Smyth at Buccelli’s, Hannah Postlethwaite at Photo Baby, Huma Ashad at Guys N Dolls Hair Boutique, Vanessa Lamb at The Bridal Collection and Catherine Marshall at Arteria.

CancerCare’s Jewellery Group members also created a colourful egg which was on display at Silver Tree Jewellery.

Anna Saczek, the event organiser from CancerCare, said: “It has been wonderful to see so many families taking part in the trail and being inspired by the artwork.

“The response has been fantastic. Many families have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed the trail and how beautiful they thought all the eggs were.

“Building relationships with local businesses, organisations and artists has been a real pleasure and it’s great that this project has introduced artists to businesses who are now continuing to work together.

“We are also extremely grateful for the support of Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID), Lancaster City Museum and Lancaster Visitor Information Centre.

“We’re now really looking forward to the auction and sending the eggs on their way to their new homes.”

Dan Knowles, Marketing Director for The Borough, said: “As far as we are concerned the egg hunt has been a huge success and can’t wait to do it again next year.

“It’s been terrific to see families taking part and forging an interest in art whilst doing something great for the community. We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way but using the charity to gain a positive focus has been wonderful.

“Chas and ourselves will be working together soon as a result of this work. Chas will be doing some bespoke designs for some of our products.”

Steve Wilson, the artist whose egg was on display in Waterhouse, said: “A few of my friends have stories that have motivated me to be more aware of cancer but my mother had breast cancer a few years ago and had to have a mastectomy and now has lymphedema as a result of the treatment, so wears compression sleeves.

“It affected our whole family but she is clear of all cancer now. After going through this, it made me more aware of what I have and to make the most of it while I have it.”

For more information on other CancerCare events, please go to www.cancercare.org.uk/events

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