£324,200 raised as Light the North sculptures go under the hammer at Thainstone

The Grand Finale of the Light the North campaign has raised £342,200 after 52 lighthouse sculptures and 10 mini lighthouses went under the hammer at Thainstone last night.
The event marked the end of the lighthouse trail which has been running from 9th August to 17th October to shine a light across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. The event in partnership with Wild in Art is the latest art sculpture trail in Scotland following on from Oor Wullie to inspire artists, school and the public from across the country while raising vital funds for Clan Cancer Support.
Colin Slessor and Mark Barrack who together have over 65 years of auctioneering experience, hosted the event which gave bidders the opportunity to buy a unique work of art curated especially for the trail.
Auctioneer Mark Barrack said: “ANM Group is proud to support Light the North and we’re delighted to have played our part in raising so much money for Clan Cancer Support.

“Bidders definitely dug deep to support such an important cause, bringing to an end a very successful fundraiser.
ANM Group is no stranger to charity auctions, having hosted a number of similar events in recent years. Last night’s Light the North total brings the tally of funds raised by ANM auctioneers to over £1.8 million.
Fiona Fernie, Clan's Head of Income Generation and Business Development and Project Director for Light the North, says, “We are still coming down from cloud nine. We are so grateful to everyone who generously placed their bids last night to be in with the chance of owning one of these incredible sculptures and of course to the ANM Group for kindly supporting the auction and bringing their unsurpassed knowledge and auctioneering skills. We had a figure in mind which we hoped to raise, but this has surpassed that!"
Fiona continues, “The auction finale was the culmination of two years of hard work on this project with the curve ball of COVID-19 thrown in. It may have taken longer than anticipated to bring the lighthouse trail to the North-east of Scotland, but I think we can all agree it was worth the wait. To see how the people of Scotland took the trail to their hearts and the resulting funds it has raised is something that the Clan team will not forget and are very grateful for.”
Fiona concludes, “Cancer patients have been particularly hard hit during the pandemic due to delays in diagnosis and treatment. Clan has helped people live with and beyond a cancer diagnosis for over 38 years, but we need the support of projects and events such as ‘Light the North’ to continue being here for them and to support even more people which is exactly what the incredible funds raised last night will do. We want to take this final opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the trail, farewell weekend, and auction possible - from the Wild in Art team, artists, sponsors, media partners, schools and local businesses to our incredible volunteers, team at Clan and of course the general public. These vital funds will help people live with and beyond their or their loved one's cancer diagnosis and improve the quality of life for all those who turn to us for support.”