The Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail has enjoyed another fantastic night of auction action, raising a further £316,700 for children’s hospital care.
Hundreds of statues of Scotland’s favourite schoolboy will be sold for charity this week at the end of an exciting summer art project when the sculptures were put on display across the country for adults and children alike to enjoy.
The first of four auctions was held at Dundee Rep on Monday night, raising £239,000 for Archie Tayside, a local charity raising funds to improve children’s experiences while in hospital.
That set a challenge for night two in Inverurie, where the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Inverness statues went under the hammer in aid of The Archie Foundation’s work in Grampian and Highlands.
But Aberdeenshire bidders stepped up to the plate, raising a remarkable £316,700 over the 50 or so lots.
Top bid of the night was £15,500 for The Amazing Oor Wullie, with Tartan Wullie Returns (£11,000), Oor Shire, Your Shire, Aberdeenshire (£10,000), Oor Countryside (£14,000) and Oor Nevis (£11,000) also breaking into five figures.
Archie Foundation CEO David Wood said: “It’s absolutely wonderful. We’ve had huge support, not just in Tayside but in Grampian, and between the two regions we’ve amassed over £500,000.
“We couldn’t be more grateful for all the support we’ve received.”