Oor Wullie has made an appearance in Aberdeen to launch Scotland’s first ever national public art trail.
The Oor Wullie Big Bucket Challenge is a nationwide initiative that will see 150 specially designed statues of Scotland’s favourite comic character dotted around Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow
The initiative, organised by Wild in Art and supported by DC Thomson, will see the sculptures erected for 11 weeks next summer, helping raise money for the Archie Foundation, the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
Launched at an event in the Town House in Aberdeen, the trail aims to raise cash through sponsorships.
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David Wood, chief executive of the Archie Foundation, said: “It’s wonderful to be a part of this initiative because it’s the first time we’ve worked with other children’s charities across Scotland in this way.
“We’re really trying to bring everyone together to support all children and all children’s hospitals.”
Mr Wood said he hopes to continue working in partnership with the hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Granite City will play host to 20 statues, with the opportunity for local businesses to sponsor individual statues.
David said: “I think it’s important for local businesses to support the Archie Foundation, because the money we raise through the trail will go to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) and, through that, we will be able to support children and their families in the tough times they will be going through.”
Former patients of RACH were on hand to tell their stories, including Emily Findlay, 22, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14 and was supported throughout by the charity.