Friends of ANCHOR 20for20 anchors

This year, Friends of ANCHOR is celebrating 20 years of providing support to cancer and haematology patients throughout the North-east of Scotland.

Our milestone anniversary project for the 'Dream Big Campaign' will see the placement of 20 large anchor sculptures around Aberdeen city and shire and as far afield as Moray, Orkney and Shetland, which all fall within the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s ANCHOR Unit catchment area.

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The cause

As part of this milestone 20th anniversary, the charity has launched its biggest fundraising appeal ever by pledging £1 million to the University of Aberdeen’s ambitious £4.5m project to attract and recruit a world-class cancer research team to the North-east.

This is a huge investment that will ultimately have a significant impact on the care, treatment and wellbeing provided to local cancer and haematology patients.

Join Friends of ANCHOR in its ‘DREAM BIG’ initiative to help Aberdeen become a centre for world-class cancer research.

The project

The project will celebrate Friends of ANCHOR’s milestone year and embrace a working partnership with local artists and keen creatives throughout the North-east. The anchors will be located at iconic sites and within local communities. Financial support via sponsorship will be sought from local businesses and organisations.

The North-east public will be encouraged to get involved by undertaking their own anchor ‘voyage’ and to fundraise for the cause with a public exhibition and auction at the end of the project to bolster the return for the ANCHOR Unit.

The auction

The 20for20 anchor auction gives YOU the chance to own one of these remarkable sculptures. The auction celebrates the conclusion of the voyage and the tremendous work undertaken by the artists. Proceeds will go directly to the Dream Big campaign.

Artists selected

We received over 70 individual submissions which we shortlisted to around 35 designs to present to the selection committee which was made up of partner members and sponsors. From these submissions, we have chosen 19 designs, with the final design being selected from the school art competition.

Many designs took a nautical theme, whilst others gave due consideration to the work and cause of the charity. The standard and selection of designs was extremely high. What made the designs more impressive were the moving stories behind the artists’ inspiration. All of the artists gave their personal reasons and motivations for wanting to be involved in this project and it was a privilege to be part of this very emotive and creative process. In the end, we have managed to find a balance of styles, themes and unique characteristics to make up a collection worthy of the voyage.

The selected artists:
Catherine Redgate - Light The Way
Ewen Milne - AnchoRED in Glory (AFC/AFCCT)
Gabrielle Reith - Illustrative
Howard Butterworth - The Artist's Garden
Jenny McHardy - Knitwear Anchor
Judi Milne - Thistle Help
Katie Guthrie - Bright Octopus Character
Kelly-Anne Cairns - Porceline
Laura Bremner - Folk Song
Lee Matthew - This guy and that guy
Lesley D McKenzie - Granite & Gold
Lindsay Allardyce - The Parting Song
Lorna Jappy - Prionnsa Dinnsear (Ginger Prince)
Mary Butterworth - We Are Stardust
Melanie Shand - Mrs Melgorium's Botanical Emporium
Moira Milne - Heritage
Penny Downes - Never Lose Hope
Shelagh Swanson - Boat Figure Head
Stuart Allen - Rise of the Gulls

School Art Competition

The 20for20 school art competition is open to all primary schools in Aberdeen city and shire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. We're looking for designs that have been created collaboratively within each school. The winning school will be able to decorate the anchor themselves or work with an established artist to make their idea become a reality!

The call for School entries has now closed

Anchor sponsorship

The 20 anchors are available to sponsor at £10,000 each. In addition to the sponsorship fee, we are also offering the option of a flat rate ownership fee of the anchor for £5,000. This secures ownership of the anchor prior to going to auction.

To sponsor an anchor or support this iconic event in a corporate capacity, please contact the Friends of ANCHOR 20for20 project team to find out about the packages available -

With Balmoral Group’s generous contribution in covering all production and manufacturing costs of the anchors, you can be assured that your donation will have a direct impact on North-east cancer and haematology care.

Your logo on an anchor

Your organisation will receive logo branding on all printed material and online communication associated with the campaign to include but not limited to: marketing literature, trail maps, in-paper articles, auction event, website.

Your logo will also be displayed at the base of an anchor throughout the duration of the four month campaign. Large visitor turnout at the anchor site is expected.

Optional ownership of your anchor

In addition to your sponsorship fee, you will be given the advanced opportunity of owning your sponsored anchor prior to the auction event in November. The flat rate ownership fee is £5,000. Any anchors that are not pre-purchased will go to auction.

Media coverage

Regular media exposure including features in the Press and Journal, Evening Express and Original FM.

Supporting the arts

With your involvement in the campaign, you are supporting local artists and groups across the North-east of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

Social media

Engagement with sponsors on all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin (10,000+ followers on Facebook).

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Campaign partners

Key contacts

Kirsten Horne

Friends of ANCHOR 20for20 Campaign Officer
Tel: 01224 859076
Mobile: 07841 033887

Heidi Duthie

Friends of ANCHOR 20for20 Campaign Intern
Tel: 01224 859153

Mary Butterworth

Artist Consultant
Mobile: 07841 033887

Every penny counts!

Friends of ANCHOR is unique in that every penny donated goes directly to the cause as all of the charity’s running and administration costs are fully funded by Balmoral Group.
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