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Billy Connolly designs bespoke chocolate bar to show appreciation for NHS workers

© Scott Garfitt/PASir Billy Connolly
Sir Billy Connolly

Sir Billy Connolly has designed his very own chocolate bar to pay homage to Scotland’s NHS staff working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Glaswegian comedian, musician and artist has teamed up with Edinburgh-based artisan chocolatier COCO, releasing a limited edition chocolate bar to raise funds for NHS charities.

His design, ‘Blue Angel’, shows off his artistic talent and encompasses COCO’s Isle of Skye Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar.

It is hoped COCO’s project will convey gratitude and admiration for the NHS and that the funds raised will be helpful to the key workers who are “demonstrating incredible courage and dedication”.

A spokesperson for Sir Connolly said: “Billy is immensely keen to support the incredible work being done by our NHS. The collaboration with COCO is perfect, and the Scottish connection for Billy made it all the more poignant.”

Sir Billy Connolly’s design, middle, along with designs by Andrew Rae and Portis Wasp

Sir Connolly, 77, is currently forging a new living as a fine artist after retiring from live stand-up comedy two years ago, due to his ongoing battle against Parkinson’s Disease.

Scottish mixed media artist Portis Wasp and illustrator Andrew Rae have also teamed up with COCO, one of Scotland’s leading ethical chocolate manufacturers, to release unique designs for the collection.

Wasp – whose work has been featured in Vogue and in collaborations with top fashion brands such as Moschino – said he got involved with the project to “acknowledge the brave and heroic NHS staff on the front line”.

Director at COCO, Calum Haggerty, said: “As an independent business we decided to show our support for the outstanding work carried out by the NHS in our own way; merging artwork with single origin chocolate is what we do, and it felt right to dedicate a collection to our National Health Service.

“I hope this project will convey our gratitude and admiration for the NHS at this very difficult time, and that the funds raised will be helpful to its workers who are demonstrating incredible courage and dedication.”

The bars are on sale on COCO’s website on Thursday 30 April at 8pm, to coincide for the national applause for the coronavirus key workers. Each bar is priced at £8.50, with £5 to be donated to an NHS charity. All three bars can be bought for £25.50, with £15 donated to the NHS.