Hilary Hart, senior occupational therapist with the Community Mental Health Team at Gownlea in Arbroath, is very happy see her design for the Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail on display beside the V&A.
Hilary said, “Earlier this year I submitted designs and I was delighted when I was told that one of my designs for a Wee Oor Wullie had been selected for the final BIG Bucket Trail.
“The Archie Foundation’s Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail is raising funds to support children in hospital with the Wee Oor Wullie sculptures to be found in community centres and libraries across Dundee throughout the summer.
“My design was based on the colours of the rainbow, in a gradient, using different sizes of circles. I wanted the colours to be as bright and clean as possible.
“I really enjoyed painting my sculpture down at the Wellgate Centre. I was able to meet lots of the other artists who were a supporting this charity event and it made a big change from my job as an Occupational Therapist in Community Mental Health.
“I was proud to take part in such a worthwhile project and delighted to be sponsored by The Kiltwalk. I was really chuffed to find out that my Oor Wullie is on display at the V&A in Dundee.
“It’s a lovely setting and he looks so bright sitting outside. I hope lots of people enjoy the Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail over the next 11 weeks, and that the sale of the sculptures will raise lots of money for charity.”
Sarah Johnston, Fundraising Manager for ARCHIE Tayside, said, “We love Hilary’s design, it’s so bright and vibrant and has such a great spot at the V&A. As a charity, we are proud of our partnership with NHS Tayside and so it’s really lovely that a member of NHS staff has designed one of our statues.
‘We hope everyone enjoys getting out and about this summer to see Hilary’s sculpture and some of his friends too! We’re looking forward to seeing them all raise lots of money for The Archie Foundation in September, supporting Tayside Children’s Hospital.”