Buckets of support as Oor Wullie trail artwork unveiled in Aberdeen

An Oor Wullie statue
An Oor Wullie statue

The first designs for a major fundraising art project have been unveiled in the north-east.

Local businesses who are sponsoring Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail – raising funds for children’s charities across the country including the ARCHIE Foundation – had the chance to pick out their favoured designs from dozens submitted by artists.

The designs were on display at Arnold Clark Kia.

From June 17, 200 statues of the famous DC Thomson character will form a trail across Scotland’s five major cities before being auctioned off in September.

The ARCHIE Foundation’s head of partnerships Cassie Thompson hopes the project will raise hundreds of thousands of pounds.

She said: “We are hugely excited about the trail this year.

“It is a huge honour to be part of a nationwide campaign which will help transform the experiences of children in hospital. All the designs chosen will be seen out on the streets over the summer.”

Bon Accord Centre manager Craig Stevenson believes the project will bring multiple benefits to the north-east.

The centre is one of the companies sponsoring the trail.

He said: “As a partner of the ARCHIE Foundation we are delighted to support the bucket trail.

“We believe it will help bring more visitors to the city and give them an opportunity to explore. It will help us show off the best of what Aberdeen has to offer.

“It’s a win for so many different reasons. It supports a great cause and puts a smile on people’s faces.”

Debbie Dyker, Aberdeen University’s director of people, added: “It’s great to be involved in city activities like this. The ARCHIE Foundation is a great charity and we are very proud to support it. It’s great for the city and it’s also great for tourism.

“From our point of view, it will bring people onto our campus. We have four of the sculptures and we will be putting them in key locations.”

Jamie Smith, ARCHIE’s regional fundraising manager, thanked the businesses involved for supporting the charity.

He said: “These businesses are the ones who help put the sculptures on the streets and make the trail come together.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without them. We are so grateful to the businesses for all their support. They are all amazing for showing so much support to the foundation and the children’s hospital.”