HeART Trail sponsors choose their favourite design

21st October 2022

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On Thursday 20th October local organisations who have signed up to support St Barnabas Hospice’s upcoming HeART Trail chose their favourite design to represent them during the Lincolnshire-wide art trail that launches in summer 2023. This event followed a previous selection event earlier in the year, where the Trail’s presenting partners, partners and sponsors chose their designs.

Over a hundred designs were submitted by aspiring and professional artists over the past ten months, making the selection process very difficult for the St Barnabas HeART Trail team and sponsors alike.

The designs around the theme of ‘Love Lincolnshire’ are interpreted in many superb ways including highlighting the wonderful natural areas of the county, honouring its heritage and cultural elements.

Man in green top holding paper with heart design

The designs that are chosen will be created by the corresponding artist, using a fibre glass heart sculpture or by creating their own bespoke heart. The fibre glass hearts have been commissioned from Aden Hynes Sculpture Studios and come in at a huge 115cm tall and 105cm wide.

The Trail’s logistics partner Lincoln BIG, who organised the successful previous art Trails along with many great initiatives to encourage visitors to the city, have chosen ‘Heart of the City’, by artist Rachel Benson.

Lee Roberts, Lincoln BIG Operations Manager, says “It’s a great representation of Lincoln, the colours are striking and shows one of the most iconic buildings in our city.”

Heart shaped illustration of yellow and green countryside with yellow heart sun, and Lincolnshire landmarks

S Lyon and Son Haulage, who every year support St Barnabas transport the beautiful Tree of Life as part of the charity’s Light Up a Life campaign, were drawn to ‘Heart of Lincolnshire’ by Vicky Kuhn.

Ursula and Vicki Lyon commented: “This design really represents Lincolnshire and all the areas where St Barnabas have a base. It also reminds us of our beloved Sharon, who received care from the Hospice, as she loved sunshine and the rolling hills of the countryside.”

Two men in suits and tie holding paper with heart designs

Directors Kevin Scrupps and Paul Wood of estate agents Pygott & Crone have chosen metal artist Kevin Baumber of Welderbeasts’ ‘Steampunk: Gear Heart’. This bespoke heart will be created by the artist and will be made into reality by laser cutting folded and welded gears and cogs, with the Heart being fully three-dimensional.

About their choice, Kevin and Paul say: “This design represents hard work, industry and shows the inner workings of a heart. We’re really excited to see this completed.”

HomeLet, the Trail’s newest sponsor to come on board, were enamored by Pip Claffey’s design ‘Cathedral Quarter and Steep Hill’, which features brightly coloured illustrations of Lincoln’s most distinguishable attractions.

Two women holding pieces of paper with heart designs

Helen Lloyd, Business Operations Manager and Charlotte Davidson, Senior Product Training Advisor, explained: “With over 300 employees, the majority under the age of 30, we are a very young, vibrant community. These designs fit in with us as they are modern and eye-catching, as well as illustrating two iconic landmarks in Lincolnshire.”

Veronica McBain, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at St Barnabas Hospice, says: “We are delighted with the beautiful designs our sponsors have chosen and we can’t wait to see them become reality!

“Our Hearts will be on display this summer throughout Lincolnshire, from the vibrant city of Lincoln across the rolling Wolds to the East Coast along with a number of our towns.

“This feel-good trail is a celebration of all that is Lincolnshire whilst supporting our charity which is at the very Heart of the community.

“It’s going to be Lincolnshire’s biggest community fundraiser next year and is only possible with the support of our amazing artists and supportive corporate sponsors, so our sincere thanks to everyone who has signed up in support so far.”

St Barnabas still have some incredible designs waiting for a sponsor to choose, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the HeART Trail, we are still accepting sponsor applications to be involved in this exciting project and biggest tourism attraction for Summer 2023.

Please visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/hearttrail or contact [email protected].

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