Guernsey Woollens makes sweater for Investec’s sponsored GALP cow

July 1st, 2012 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

Investec Specialist Bank and Guernsey Woollens Ltd. have teamed up to produce one of this year’s Guernsey Adult Literacy Project (GALP) cows.

The cow named Lisia, the old Roman name for Guernsey and chosen by staff at the bank, was sponsored by Investec, painted by Hannah Wakefield and ‘dressed’ by Guernsey Woollens who have produced a life-size cow Guernsey for the fibreglass statue.

“We sponsored one of the donkeys for last year’s GALP fundraising initiative and so we were keen to support the activity again this year given the continued positive impact the charity has on the community, which we, as a business with anoffice in the island, recognise as vital to so many,” said Stephen Henry, head of Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited.

“We considered a number of designs for our cow and eventually came up with the idea of dressing her in a knitted Guernsey and so we were delighted when Guernsey Woollens said they would make one for us,” he said

Cow Cavalcade organiser and Guernsey Adult Literacy Project head Trevor Wakefield said the design was very innovative.

“Investec sponsored one of the Guernsey Adult Literary Project’s donkeys in 2011 and it is great to have the bank’s support with the cow cavalcade. It’s important for corporates to support the community in which they operate through activities such as this and we look forward to seeing the cow in her Guernsey on parade.”

Investec’s cow will join others on display on Sunday 1 July 2012 on the Crown Pier, St Peter Port.

She will then be located at Guernsey Airport until the middle of September 2012.

Investec’s sponsorship has covered the cost of the moulding and transport of the cow. All of the cows in the cavalcade will be auctioned off to the public in September 2012.

More than £58,000 was raised last year from the auction of 40 donkey statues, for GALP.

Arthur Eldridge of Guernsey Woollens Ltd. said when he was approached by Investec to design and make a Guernsey for the cow he was delighted to be involved, especially given it was for a charity fundraiser.

“We have been knitting Guernseys for three decades and have created many for different people all over the world, but this is definitely the first time we have made one for a statue in the shape of Guernsey cow and it has been a lot of fun,” he said.

“We hope that everyone enjoys the design and that plenty of money is raised for this good cause.”

 

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