Organisers of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail say locals could soon see how the cash will be put to use — after the auction of the statues raised £883,000.
The cash will go towards the Archie Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal, which is looking to fund a new twin operating theatre at the Ninewells facility.
Fundraising is almost at its halfway point, with a £2 million target.
Kevin McCormick, a trustee for the Archie Foundation, said he hoped people wouldn’t have to wait long to see the money being put to good use.
He told the Tele: “The fantastic auction was another step along the way.
“It was a fantastic one, but ultimately it was another step in our fundraising efforts.
“It’s important that people now see this as the momentum and that it doesn’t stop here.
“We know from past experience how hard it is to raise so much but it needs something like this to keep in the public eye. Our aim is to raise £2m, so we are nearly halfway.
“The auction has given us a boost to our fundraising efforts and if businesses continue to support us then I’m confident we will reach our target.
“But there’s still a lot to do.”
Local residents, businesses and community groups took the bucket trail to their hearts, with a host of winning bids at the auction coming from groups keen to keep the statues in Dundee.
The Broughty Ferry RNLI was one of those, with the winning £10,000 bid by Ewan Philp, volunteer crew member of the lifeboat station.
Ewan said: “The whole thing has been brilliant for the city.
“It’s a fantastic idea and the money it has raised for the hospital is just brilliant. We’re now looking forward to getting our statue back soon.”
Kevin said that people can expect to soon see the sketches for the new operating theatre, along with a host of other possible future fundraisers.
He said: “We came up with several fundraising projects at the start and decided the bucket trail was priority.
“But there are still other projects in the background that we can now revisit.
“Right now, for September, there is the Virtual Challenge and then we have the Beards for Bairns event between December 25 and Burns Night on January 25.”