The cow was decorated by professional artist Stacey Allan and a group of young people with cancer supported by CLIC Sargent who are being treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Watermoo is one of 60 brightly decorated fibreglass cows, forming part of CowParade, an event organised by Surrey Hills, which sees cows placed in popular landmarks across London and Surrey. This collection is part of similar events across the globe, making it the largest public art event.
After being on display, Watermoo will go to auction and the money raised will support CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Watermoo artist Stacey Allan said: “The butterflies which decorate two of her legs were designed by a group of talented children. It was fun to run a workshop and see the wonderfully creative butterfly art that the children (and their mums) came up with. They were a pleasure to paint and Watermoo wears all of their designs with pride.”
Ciara Lewis, who is currently being supported by CLIC Sargent and helped decorate Watermoo, said: “It was great to be given the opportunity to take part in creating Watermoo.
Time in hospital can move slowly at times and as a creative person, having a focus like this made the time fly for me.
"Plus, it’s great to know that our artwork will be seen at London Waterloo by hundreds of people.”
A great initiative
CLIC Sargent Director of Fundraising Rachel Kirby-Rider from CLIC Sargent said: “CowParade Surrey is a great initiative and we’ve really enjoyed being part of it. The children really enjoyed working with Stacey to design their butterflies. We think Watermoo looks fabulous and looks brilliant on display at Waterloo.
“We’re delighted that the cow will be auctioned to raise money for CLIC Sargent. The money raised from the sale will go towards our vital work supporting children and young people with cancer, and their families.
“We’re also really grateful to our charity partner Network Rail for giving us the opportunity to show off Watermoo to so many of their customers at Waterloo Station.”
Jess Skelton, Network Rail Sustainability Specialist, said: “Waterloo is Britain’s busiest railway station, with around 2million people travelling to and through it each week. Watermoo is a fantastic way for Network Rail to help raise awareness of our charity of choice CLIC Sargent and the amazing work they do to connect families touched by cancer, keeping them together and connecting them with the support they need.”
Find out more
For more information and to get ‘cow spotting’ yourself this summer, simply visit the CowParade official website.