Let’s pass the bucket for Oor Wullie

Georgia Nash and Leo Elliott, with mum Gemma Rice, next to the Oor Wullie they want to see in Arbroat
Georgia Nash and Leo Elliott, with mum Gemma Rice, next to the Oor Wullie they want to see in Arbroat

A local woman has started a campaign to raise funds to buy one of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail sculptures at the September auction.

Gemma Rice, a charge nurse at Lunan Court Care Home, would like to give one of the 70 renditions of the iconic comic favourite a permanent home in Arbroath.

She told the Herald: “Ideally, we would really like the RNLI Wullie but there are several which would be appropriate for the town, so we won’t fixate on any particular one.”

The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail was launched on June 27 and ends tomorrow (Saturday), with statues all across Dundee and surrounding local areas.

There were 55 sculptures of Oor Wullie sitting on his bucket, all individually sponsored and decorated by artists/designers. They will be displayed in the Slessor Gardens on September 9-11 before, at the official end of summer on September 13, being auctioned off.

All proceeds will be going to the ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal for a new twin operating theatre, paediatric surgical suite for Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Gemma continued: “We’ve had no advice on what price to expect to pay, so the £6k is a bit of guesswork, based on the Aberdeen dolphin example. Solicitor Nick Hughes has given us a £500 trust pledge; Active Arts have given us a £150 business pledge; Rotaract Club have given help with contacts and Angus Council funding, policy and projects team, within Economic Developments, have been a massive help.

“We’d ask everyone to keep sharing ideas and thinking of ways to promote our bid.”

The campaign will run until September 19, when any pledges made will be processed, only if an Oor Wullie has been secured. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/arbroaths-oor-wullie for more.