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Our ‘design a mini moo’ competition got readers’ creative joooces flowing as they created some brilliant bovine designs - and now we can unveil the winner who stood out from the herd.

Children and adults of all ages, along with organisations and community groups, found their moojo in a bid to win a blank mini moo as part of the brilliant Cows about Cambridge art trail.

Mooving right along, the winner is … Have you herd? (about rare diseases), by Findacure.

The Findacure team celebrate winning the mini moo. Front, from left, Philippa Norman and Hannah Harvey. Back, Rick Thompson, Mary Rose Roberts, Freya Turner and Laura Thompson-Harper. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Findacure team celebrate winning the mini moo. Front, from left, Philippa Norman and Hannah Harvey. Back, Rick Thompson, Mary Rose Roberts, Freya Turner and Laura Thompson-Harper. Picture: Keith Heppell

Findacure is a charity based in Cambridge that works across the UK and with international patient groups to transform the world’s understanding of rare diseases and the devastating impact they have on people’s lives. It works with patient support groups through training and an empowerment programme, and accelerates change in rare disease research and care.

Philippa Norman, Findacure’s projects co-ordinator, said: “I was over the mooon when I found out about Findacure winning the competition. I think it is so important to find new and exciting ways to raise awareness of rare diseases and the impact they have on individuals and families across the UK and world with the general public.

“Cambridge is such an important hub for research and support for these communities, so it's great to be able to spread the word locally, even in a mini way!"

Mini Moo by Findacure, named Have you herd? (about rare diseases). This is the competition winner.
Mini Moo by Findacure, named Have you herd? (about rare diseases). This is the competition winner.

The team plan to decorate their mini moo with the design they submitted for the competition. Its aim is to raise awareness of rare diseases and the people and organisations in Cambridge that work collaboratively to develop research and treatments and support patients.

There are 90 sculptures on the trail - 46 mini moos and 44 large cow sculptures, and they will be in place until Saturday, September 4. If you have missed a sculpture, you can see them all grazing at The Grafton on September 18-19, the farewell weekend. Booking details for this event can be found on the Cows about Cambridge website - cowsaboutcambridge.co.uk.

Cows about Cambridge has been created by global public art producers Wild in Art, together with children’s charity Break and principal partner, Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID) – and official travel partner Thameslink.

The cows will be auctioned off on September 23 to raise money for Break.

More of the brilliant entries

Mini Moo by Hugo, age 8

Mini Moo by Hugo, age 8
Mini Moo by Hugo, age 8

Mini Moo by Ralph, age 6

Mini Moo by Ralph, age 6
Mini Moo by Ralph, age 6

Mini Moo by Marianne, grandmother of Ralph and Hugo

Mini Moo by Marianne, grandmother of Ralph and Hugo
Mini Moo by Marianne, grandmother of Ralph and Hugo

Mini Moo by Cambridge Doughnut

Mini Moo by Cambridge Doughnut
Mini Moo by Cambridge Doughnut

They say: “The Mini Moo would be entitled ‘What If…’ This is also the intended name for a public hub space we are seeking to set up, in collaboration with several other voluntary groups in Cambridge. The text of the poem on the side of the cow reads:

Imagine a Cambridge that takes care of all

Shares what we have to catch those who fall

Protects the planet and creatures thereon

Sees strength in together, puts many where one

Says a child of the future, whose interest doth chime,

“You turned to the problems and acted in time”

Mini Moo by Cambridge Doughnut
Mini Moo by Cambridge Doughnut

Mini Moo by Albert Collard, age 7

Mini Moo by Albert Collard, age 7
Mini Moo by Albert Collard, age 7

“The name I would give my mini moo is ‘Camooflage’ as it is Cam for Cambridge as well as a moo in it!”

Mini Moo by Gemma Mathur, age 7

Mini Moo by Gemma Mathur, age 7
Mini Moo by Gemma Mathur, age 7

Mini Moo by Anna Nichols

Mini Moo by Anna Nichols
Mini Moo by Anna Nichols

She says: “After graduating a few weeks ago, I decided to start working more on my art. I have loved the Cambridge Cows trail and followed it to make sure to see every single one. I’ve also got a knack for Photoshop and image manipulation and decided to apply my design to a cow and imagine what that would look like.”

Mini Moo by Claudia Townsend, age 7

Mini Moo by Edward Hughes, age 8

Mini Moo by Edward Hughes, age 8
Mini Moo by Edward Hughes, age 8

Mini Moo Mooshroom by Zoë Hughes, age 6

Mini Moo Mooshroom by Zoe Hughes, age 6
Mini Moo Mooshroom by Zoe Hughes, age 6

Mini Moo by Amanda Nilsson

Mini Moo by Amanda Nilsson
Mini Moo by Amanda Nilsson

She says: “The thought for the design is Day of the Dead. I live in a new part of Trumpington and would like to get the community involved in and have a Halloween event in one of the new public spaces in the area.”

Mini Moo by Dheeti Lahori, age 13

Mini Moo by Dheeti Lahori, age 13
Mini Moo by Dheeti Lahori, age 13

Dheeti says: “The name I’d give to my Mini Moo is Nature. My design is inspired by the five elements of nature - water, fire, air, earth and sky. I chose this concept as it sums up nature in a way that is easy to understand and allows you to be as creative as you can. I decided to use block colours, and not gradients, to add a pop art effect.”

Mini Moo by Arianna, age 8

Mini Moo by Arianna, age 8
Mini Moo by Arianna, age 8

It is named Lois and the design is inspired by a favourite book.

Mini Moo by Benji, age 6

Mini Moo by Benji, age 6
Mini Moo by Benji, age 6

He likes the colour yellow and named his Yellow Ramone.

Mini Moo by Tori Woolley, named Mini Me, Mini Yoo-dle

Mini Moo by Tori Woolley, named Mini Me, Mini Yoo-dle
Mini Moo by Tori Woolley, named Mini Me, Mini Yoo-dle

Mini Moo by Nikki Lahori, age 12

Mini Moo by Nikki Lahori, age 12
Mini Moo by Nikki Lahori, age 12

Nikki says: “The name I'd give to my Mini Moo is Britindia. I’m from India and live in Britain; this inspired me to create something that represented me in the form of a drawing. This involved designing a cow in which I painted half with the Indian national flag and the other half with the Union Jack, I also drew an outline of both of the maps to give it an abstract look.”

Thank you for all your entries - and congratulations to Findacure!

The Findacure team celebrate. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Findacure team celebrate. Picture: Keith Heppell

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