The phenomenal success of Dundee’s Oor Wullie Bucket Trail has been captured in a new book.
The trail and its associated activities have so far raised £1 million for the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.
A further £400,000 has been pledged to the campaign to bring a new twin paediatric operating theatre to Ninewells.
That total will now be swelled further thanks to the souvenir book which celebrates the success of the Oor Wullie statues that went on display around Dundee last summer before being auctioned in aid of the appeal.
Written by Susan McMullan, it is published by DC Thomson.
A percentage of the sales will be donated towards the children’s hospital appeal, which is aiming to raise a total of £2 million.
Cassie Thomson, director of fundraising at the ARCHIE Foundation, said: “The book is fantastic.
“It really celebrates the Bucket Trail and gives a little insight into where the Oor Wullie statues are and what they represent.
“There are amazing photographs and background on the work involved in organising a trail of this size.
“The aim is to remind people of the success of the Bucket Trail and to continue to raise awareness of the cause.”
Susan McMullan, local author of Hamish McHamish of St Andrews and Dundee But Not As We Know It, approached The ARCHIE Foundation around six months ago offering to write the commemorative book.
Susan said: “I thought that the Bucket Trail was amazing and really brought together the people of Dundee, as well as raising money for a great cause.
“The people of Dundee really showed their compassion.
“I thought a good way to document it all would be to write a book, which would be a memento of the trail.
“It took around four months to put it all together.”
“It has been such a privilege to work with the ARCHIE Foundation, DC Thomson and all the organisations involved in sponsoring the statues.”
The book is available from www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk or from DC Thomson headquarters at 2 Albert Square, Dundee.