Businesses urged to get behind new Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail

Businesses and organisations from Dundee and beyond are being encouraged to show their support for Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail.

Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail will be part of the first ever national art trail across Scotland

Next year, 150 Oor Wullies will be present across Scottish streets – including Dundee – as part of the first-ever national art trail.

The Dundee element of fundraising event is being launched today by the Archie Foundation at DC Thomson’s Meadowside building.

Friends and supporters are being invited to the launch as well as artists and local businesses.

The trail’s aim is to raise public awareness for children’s hospital charities across Scotland.

In the City of Discovery, 30 of the sculptures will be go on display between June and September next year for a total of 11 weeks.

Archie – which is the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells – supports the NHS by providing extras including specialist medical equipment and emergency funding support for families.

Money is also being raised for the Edinburgh and Glasgow children’s hospital charities.

When the trail has ended, the sculptures will be auctioned off for the Archie Foundation.

David Wood, chief executive of The Archie Foundation, said: “The people of Dundee really took the first Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail to their hearts back in 2016 and we know they’ll do the same when the new Oor Wullies are on the streets next summer.

“We want everyone to get involved. We would encourage any local businesses or organisations to get in touch if they’d like to sponsor one of the statues and we’ll be looking for local artists soon to submit their ideas for how we can design Oor Wullie in creative ways.

“Most of all, we’re looking forward to getting schools and communities involved in the trail because children and families are at the heart of the project, with all the money raised in Dundee being spent in Dundee to help local sick children.

“The Big Bucket Trail is such an exciting way to bring together people all over Scotland, not only to support the charities, but also to get out and enjoy one of the biggest art trails of its kind. Archie is very proud to be part of it.”

The trail is a Wild in Art event and is supported by DC Thomson Media.