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One of the most frequent questions surrounding the King Richard III sand sculptures is “What will happen to the sculptures at the end?”  Well that time is drawing closer so we can now answer that burning question following on of the most creative events in Leicester. 

The answer actually lies in your hands as the King Richard III Visitor Centre and Nicola Wood the artist have decided to give it away for free in hope that they can raise some money for the Hope Against Cancer Trust in Leicester.

How do you fancy turning one of these fantastic sand sculptures into your garden wall or new extension?  Eighty tonnes of good quality building sand is up for grabs from Monday 28th September, all that is asked is that you make an anonymous donation which will be handed over to the Hope unit in Leicester when all the sculptures are gone.  You can take as much or as little as you like.

The sand sculpture trail in Leicester has been a huge success and visitors are still coming from afar to see the exhibition.

“It’s a shame they aren’t made in permanent white marble.  All that skill and creativity, I can’t believe they just get destroyed” exclaimed Glen McLachlan, visiting from Scotland

Visitor Centre Director, Iain Gordon said: “So many people have expressed their disappointment when they find out that the sculptures are destroyed.  This way they don’t vanish in vain and we can hopefully make a small difference to a very worthwhile cause.”

Through the enormous generosity of the people of Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond, Hope Against Cancer has to date raised over £3 million and funded 31 research projects into many cancers including bladder, ovarian, prostate, melanoma, liver, bowel, leukaemia, colorectal and breast cancer together with nursing fellowships relating to patient care.  The Hope Unit is supported solely by donations and is a charity close to sculptor and project organiser Nicola Wood’s heart.

“My mum is suffering with Multiple Myeloma; a rare bone marrow cancer and the Hope Unit has been taking incredible care of her.  I hear nothing but good about the team there and am eternally grateful for what they have done.  What they do is changing the prognosis for cancer sufferers all the time.  They need support.” explains Nicola.

If you would like to take home a piece of King Richard III please get in touch with Nicola Wood by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the King Richard III Visitor Centre Facebook page.  The votes are still open to nominate your favourite before they are taken away!