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Local solicitors’ firm steps it up this September with virtual walk across Britain

Tayside solicitors and estate agents firm Miller Hendry will spend the month of September walking the length of Britain… virtually, that is.

Teams from Miller Hendry’s offices in Crieff and Dundee are taking part in a challenge to run or walk the same distance as John O’Groats to Land’s End as part of The ARCHIE Foundation’s Virtual Challenge, which runs throughout the month of September. Money raised through sponsorship will go towards the Foundation and its programme of funding children’s hospitals in Tayside, Aberdeen and Inverness.

With Fitbits and pedometers at the ready, the two Miller Hendry teams of five are amping up the challenge by competing against each other. The first team to complete the 962 miles wins.

With three offices in Dundee, Perth and Crieff, Miller Hendry prides itself its charity and community initiatives. Julie Darroch, associate with Miller Hendry’s Crieff office, said the Virtual Challenge was a way to not only raise funds for something local, but also to involve employees of all ages and abilities.

“Miller Hendry is always looking for ways to support local charities and the fact that The ARCHIE Foundation raises money locally for Tayside Children’s Hospital was a plus. But we were also looking for something we could get people of all ages and abilities involved in. You don’t have to be able to go up a craggy cliff, you can do it while walking to work and around the office.

“Nobody’s standing still right now at Miller Hendry, especially with the challenge we’ve laid down to the two offices. A bit of healthy competition is spurring us on to clock up even more miles.”

Sick children’s charity The Archie Foundation provides equipment, staff training and family support for in the north of Scotland.

For more information on Miller Hendry and its legal services visit www.millerhendrysolicitors.co.uk 

 

Oor Wullie gets ready to ‘play’ at Perth gaming exhibition

Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is arriving in Perth next week as the mass-participation public art event continues its national tour by visiting the city’s Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

A group of mischievous Oor Wullie sculptures, including Minecraft Wullie, will be ready to ‘play’ at Culture Perth & Kinross’ interactive gaming exhibition and open to the public from Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th August.

Launching in the City of Discovery at the end of June, Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail has introduced over 55 sculptures, all individually designed and painted by an array of local and international artists, to the streets of Dundee and will be in place throughout the summer to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Minecraft Wullie, designed by 4J Studios and sponsored by UNESCO City of Design Dundee, will take pride of place at the interactive exhibition, which celebrates the latest trends in digital play and the evolution of videogames. Developed in conjunction with another Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail sponsor, the University of Abertay, the gaming exhibition was launched earlier this month by 4J Studios Chairman Chris van der Kuyl, who pioneered the creation of Minecraft for console use.

The exhibition encourages gamers of all ages to have a go on consoles through the ages, including the seminal Space Invaders, the Nintendo Gameboy and the Sega Megadrive. Visitors can take a trip back through time and explore iconic games from Duck Hunt, Sega Rally to the award-winning concept-game Line Wobbler.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, commented:

“We are incredibly excited to welcome a collection of Oor Wullie sculptures to Perth Museum and Art Gallery and are especially excited to be home to Minecraft Wullie over the next week, who we are sure will feel right at home at our interactive Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition. It is fantastic to be able to link a relatively modern form of play like gaming with a character like Oor Wullie, who has entertained people, young and old, for generations.”

A further three Oor Wullie sculptures will be placed around the Museum and Art Gallery and six more individually and uniquely designed Oor Wullie sculptures will be located in the City’s St John’s Shopping Centre from Monday 1st August and for the duration of the week, which has already seen them visit Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. After leaving Perth, the tour will travel to Inverness and St Andrews before finally arriving back in Dundee for the final few weeks of the trail.

Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, commented:

“As organisers, we are very excited to be able to take Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail on a tour across Scotland and be able to bring the excitement to our next stop – Perth. An incredible amount of work has gone into this project, which is all to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.”

At the end of the trail, on Tuesday 13th September, all the sculptures will be sold at an auction at the Dundee Rep, with all proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To take on Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

For further information about the work of The ARCHIE Foundation, visit www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk

To find out more about the exhibition visit www.playpk.co.uk – Entry to the exhibition is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).

Oor Wullie’s bucket is signed by golfing greats at Senior Open Championship

Oor Wullie has been making friends at this year’s Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links with 28 of the professional golfers signing Oor Golfer, to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Oor Golfer is one of 55 sculptures from Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Dundee’s largest ever mass participation public art event, and is sponsored by Carnoustie Golf Links where he has been visited by many people, from children to seasoned golfers. Signatures came from an array of famous golfers including Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Tom Watson and Sam Torrence, with each signing his trusty bucket.

Many also had their photo taken with the iconic character, perhaps seeing Oor Golfer as a potential lucky charm for the weekend’s competition.

It is hoped that Oor Golfer will prove as popular as the Golfin Dolphin, a sculpture from Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphin Trail in 2014. Golfin Dolphin was signed by the golfers at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen and eventually sold at auction for £55,000 – the highest bid of all the dolphin sculptures.

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“Carnoustie Golf Links is delighted to be a sponsor of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and support such a worthy cause. As we were hosting the Senior Open this year, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to try and get some of the professional golfers to sign the sculpture, especially as the signed Golfin Dolphin in Aberdeen raised so much more money at auction two years ago. We are hopeful that Oor Golfer will do the same.

“As we have so many visitors from all over the world who might not know the Oor Wullie character, we requested an original Oor Wullie, but dressed in golf clothing. We were thrilled that illustrator Peter Davidson designed him for us. It is great to be able to bring some of the Bucket Trail magic to the Senior Open Championship and we hope the public this weekend and throughout the summer will enjoy Oor Golfer as much as we have.”

Oor Golfer was created collaboratively, designed by Peter Davidson, the current Oor Wullie illustrator, painted by Gordon Henry, a painter from Aberdeen, the golf bag was sculpted by Roddy Mathieson and the wire hat knitted by Elena Costella.

Charity Organisers The ARCHIE Foundation are hoping that the signatures will help Oor Golfer fetch an impressive price at an auction at the end of the trail in September where all of the Oor Wullie sculpture will be sold, with the proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com