Oor Wullie's Bucket Trail

As chief executive of The ARCHIE Foundation I am delighted that Aberdeen will be one of the five Cities that will host 30 sculptures this summer as part of the exciting nationwide event Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail.

ARCHIE has successfully delivered two public art trails; Wild Dolphins in Aberdeen (2014) and Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail in 2016, raising a staggering £1m for children and families in hospital.

This year we are collaborating with Glasgow and Edinburgh Children’s Hospitals to deliver Scotland's first ever national public art trail.

The event will feature 200 life-sized sculptures decorated by artists and each reflecting Scotland’s cultural identity. The statues will take to the streets of Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow for 11 weeks this summer - June to September - before being auctioned off in the cities to raise money for the children's hospital charities.

The support we receive from local organisations is crucial to the success of the trail, and we simply could not do this in Aberdeen without businesses sponsoring the statues. The benefits of sponsorship include nationwide exposure for your business, increasing your profile in a unique and memorable way; engagement with employees, customers and your community as well as helping to boost the local economy and encourage more footfall the the city.

We are hugely grateful to the sponsors already signed up - Arnold Clark, the University of Aberdeen, Johanna Basford, WM Donald, Oor Wullie’s Fish and Chip Shop, Breedon Aggregates, Inverurie Precast and GPH - and we hope many more local businesses will join them.

If you would like to sign up, or would like more information, please get in touch with Cassie Thompson, director of partnerships, by emailing cassie@archie.org.

With your help and the aid of Scotland’s favourite son, Oor Wullie, we can continue to raise vital funds to transform the experiences of Scotland’s children and young people in hospital to provide the very best possible care and allow them to be a child first and a patient second.

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David Wood, CEO of The ARCHIE Foundation and Emily Findlay, ARCHIE Ambassador

David Wood, CEO of The ARCHIE Foundation and Emily Findlay, ARCHIE Ambassador