Scot­land’s favourite scamp launches spec­tac­u­lar trail of stun­ning stat­ues to raise mil­lions for chil­dren’s char­i­ties

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tracey Bryce TRBRYCE@SUN­DAY­POST.COM oor­wul­lie.com

First Min­is­ter helps Scot­land’s favourite son launch a spec­tac­u­lar, na­tion­wide fundraiser

Itis enough to give Fat Boab pal­pi­ta­tions but his pal Oor Wul­lie has taken the first steps on a spec­tac­u­lar, na­tion­wide fundraiser.

The Sun­day Post icon even en­listed Ni­cola Stur­geon last week to help him an­nounce his Big Bucket Trail rais­ing mil­lions for Scot­land’s bravest chil­dren. Since his first ap­pear­ance more than 80 years ago, gen­er­a­tions have en­joyed Wul­lie’s mis­chievous an­tics – and now fans will be able to fol­low him around the coun­try.

Next sum­mer, Scot­land’s first na­tional art trail will see at least 150 Wul­lie stat­ues go on dis­play for fam­i­lies to en­joy be­fore the sculp­tures are auc­tioned off to raise funds for chil­dren’s hospi­tal char­i­ties.

From next June to Septem­ber, the colour­ful stat­ues of the spiky-haired scamp – all uniquely de­signed – will be placed around Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and In­ver­ness.

The sum­mer-long event fol­lows the hugely suc­cess­ful Bucket Trail in Dundee two years ago.

The First Min­is­ter, a huge Oor Wul­lie fan, helped launch the cam­paign on Thurs­day night at a spe­cial event at the Assem­bly Rooms in Ed­in­burgh.

She said the ini­tia­tive could help change the lives of thou­sands of young pa­tients sup­ported by Wul­lie’s three good causes: Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity, Ed­in­burgh Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity and The ARCHIE Foun­da­tion.

Ms Stur­geon told the au­di­ence: “They pro­vide care for more than 450,000 ba­bies, chil­dren and young peo­ple, but that doesn’t tell the whole story be­cause it is about them get­ting back the child­hood that we want ev­ery young per­son to have.

“Any ini­tia­tive that raises money for th­ese won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions is one that de­serves our whole­hearted sup­port. “There is no bet­ter way of sup­port­ing it than by us­ing Scot­land’s best-loved char­ac­ter.” Ellis Wat­son, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of DC Thom­son

Me­dia, thanked the First Min­is­ter for her sup­port and said Wul­lie – voted Scots’ favourite na­tional hero in 2004, pip­ping Wil­liam Wal­lace and Sean Con­nery – was the ideal choice to unite the coun­try for fun and fundrais­ing.

He said: “Amongst all the gig­gles, the silli­ness and the fun, we are deadly se­ri­ous in our vi­sion and we will never rest un­til we have pro­vided ex­cep­tional care for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies at the time when they need it most, be­cause noth­ing should get in the way of be­ing a child.

“Funds raised from Oor Wul­lie’s Big Bucket Trail will cre­ate a last­ing legacy and one that will live on for gen­er­a­tions.

“The cash will go to­wards the very lat­est hospi­tal equip­ment to save and main­tain qual­ity of life, for fam­ily sup­port ser­vices, for re­search, for play pro­grammes, for child-friendly hospi­tal fa­cil­i­ties, re­cep­tion spa­ces and so much more.

“Oor Wul­lie him­self, and his friends in the Broons fam­ily, have been beloved by Scot­tish peo­ple for 80 years and ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially chil­dren, love him. “He’s an iconic lad­die who wages war against bore­dom and is a great righter of wrongs. I mean, jings, who bet­ter to launch this trail across Scot­land? Some­thing pretty big is com­ing down the line, and all just be­cause one cheeky, mis­chievous wee boy wants to help some of the more de­serv­ing boys and girls all across Scot­land.”

Af­ter a spe­cial golden Oor Wul­lie statue was un­veiled, in­spi­ra­tional Evan Glass, who is sup­ported by Ed­in­burgh Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity, brought the house down with his dance moves.

The 11-year-old, from Ed­in­burgh, has mild cere­bral palsy, ADHD, autism and mild ataxia – a group of dis­or­ders which af­fect co-or­di­na­tion, balance and speech. When he was born, he wasn’t ex­pected to be able to walk, talk or eat. But he has de­fied med­i­cal odds by learn­ing how to do all three.

Ed­in­burgh-based teacher Christina Lid­dell, of Dance Base, has helped trans­form the way Evan moves, boost­ing his self-con­fi­dence, too, by in­cor­po­rat­ing repet­i­tive physio ex­er­cises into chore­ographed dance rou­tines.

Af­ter Evan’s in­spi­ra­tonal per­for­mane and mu­sic from the Glas­gow NHS Choir, Ed­die Hawthorne, chief ex­ec­u­tive of main spon­sors Arnold Clark, said: “The one thing about DC Thom­son and Arnold Clark is that we are pas­sion­ate about help­ing th­ese kids.

“I hope many peo­ple in Scot­land will join us on the Big Bucket Trail be­cause I think it’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing jour­ney.”

Af­ter 11 weeks on pub­lic dis­play, the 150 sculp­tures, each spon­sored by firms, will be auc­tioned off to boost the to­tal for the char­i­ties even fur­ther.

As part of Oor Wul­lie’s Bucket Trail, run by Wild in Art, ev­ery school in Scot­land will be in­vited to take part and re­ceive a Wee Oor Wul­lie sculp­ture to dec­o­rate.

In 2016, DC Thom­son’s Oor Wul­lie Bucket Trail raised £900,000 for The ARCHIE Foun­da­tion’s bid to place a spe­cial­ist unit at Tay­side Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at Ninewells in Dundee.


First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon takes Wul­lie’s seat as she launches his Big Bucket Trail in Ed­in­burgh on Thurs­day

Pic­tures An­drew Caw­ley

Shop­pers get a sneak pre­view as two Oor Wul­lie stat­ues ap­pear in Al­bert Square, Dundee last week

Ni­cola Stur­geon with Evan Glass

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