Beatson mascot makes a beeline for students who helped bring her to life


The Beatson Cancer Charity’s mascot has made a beeline for New College Lanarkshire to meet the students who helped bring her to life.

Bella, the charity’s first mascot, was introduced to three Art & Design students who collaborated on the character’s design.

Amy Foy, Jade Young and Lynsay Stirling met the mascot in the custom-built art studios at our Cumbernauld Campus.

The mascot also delighted children from the Cumbernauld Campus Nursery when she made an impromptu appearance.

The partnership with the Beatson came about after the charity contacted lecturers to find out if students could develop a creative concept for a mascot using a drawing by Kelvindale Primary School pupil Emma McGinley. Emma’s winning bumblebee idea was chosen from more than 1,600 entries from schoolchildren.

NQ Art & Design Portfolio students from both our Coatbridge and Cumbernauld campuses were enlisted to help, and designs by three successful students were selected to be combined into a graphic design from which costume makers could manufacture Bella.

The task of combining the designs was led by Lynsay Stirling, who currently studies HNC Art & Design at the Cumbernauld Campus.

Art & Design lecturer Sandra Ord said: “I was thrilled and proud to see our students standing next to their creation.

“It’s an amazing feeling to see their hard work realised and know that it will be seen by so many.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain experience working with a real client on a real brief with critical deadlines.

“It is projects like this that I believe help prepare learners for the working world.

“Hopefully anyone considering art and design as a career can see the difference that it can make.”

Amy Dreszler, Schools Engagement Fundraiser at the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We were delighted to bring Bella Beatson to New College Lanarkshire and it was great to meet the students who helped us with the design process.

“They played a really important role in helping us to bring Bella to life so it was brilliant for her to meet them in person!

“Bella is proving to be a very popular bee with all of our supporters and has already made lots of appearances in and around Glasgow, helping Beatson Cancer Charity to raise awareness and vital funds.”

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