20 anchors dotted across North-east to raise funds for Aberdeen charity

A charity trail across Aberdeen and the North-east has been officially launched.

Friends of ANCHOR has placed 20 decorated anchor sculptures around the region and beyond.

The campaign celebrates the 20th anniversary of the charity and the launch of its biggest campaign, which aims to recruit a world-class oncology research team to the North-east of Scotland.

Oncology, the study and treatment of tumours, is something the charity is looking to explore more.

Friends of ANCHOR’s 20for20 campaign officer Kirsten Horne said: “It’s an incredibly exciting day for the project and the charity.

“Today not only marks the unveiling of the 20for20 anchor voyage but also celebrates the hours of time and energy that the artists have poured into creating each of the anchor designs.”

The 20 anchors are spread across the North-east and have been individually designed and decorated by local artists with each sculpture displaying its own theme.

20for20 anchor artist Ewen Milne said: “I feel extremely proud and privileged to be part of this tremendous and exciting campaign to ultimately celebrate the vital work of the charity over the past two decades.

“It’s been truly fantastic to see all artists, sponsors and partners get so strongly behind this amazing cause – one that undoubtedly touches so my lives in the North-east of Scotland.”

Use our interactive map below to help find all the anchors dotted across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and further afield.

The first anchor to be delivered and placed for display was AnchoRED in Glory at Union Square and features a Dons-themed design created by Ewen.

Anchors can be found across the city, Stonehaven, Banchory, Inverurie, Ellon, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Orkney and Shetland .

Ferryhill Primary School’s anchor – the winner of a schools competition where over 19 schools applied to take part – can be found at Duthie Park.

In the city centre, Anchor-spotters can also stop by locations such as Hazlehead Park, Rubislaw Gardens, the Bon Accord Centre and Castlegate to view the sculptures.

Aberdeen International Airport is also host to a sculpture – Porcelain, which features landmarks and images of Aberdeen, designed by Gray’s School of Art graduate Kelly-Anne Cairns.

Take a look all 20 stunning Anchor sculptures before they head across Scotland

Kirsten said: “Of course none of this would have been possible without the support from our sponsors and also our campaign partner, Balmoral Group, who have covered the cost of manufacturing and logistics to ensure that the maximum funds are raised for our Dream Big campaign.”

The fundraising team will be going out to take pictures of the anchors and encourage others who come across the sculptures to do the same.

Kirsten said: “I hope everyone joins us on our anchor voyage across the North-east this summer – we’re looking forward to seeing all of your anchor selfies.”

The anchors will be accessible to the public to view until October and will then go on auction to raise funds for the charity in November.