The volunteers were raising funds to bid for the mascot via the official Games Auction. Now Glasgow 2014 has donated Clyde to the volunteers enabling them to gift the results of fund-raising efforts – as well as the Clyde statue itself – to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, Glasgow.
The Clyde statue, which is dressed in the famous red and grey Games uniform, was the friendly welcoming face at the entrance to the Glasgow 2014 Uniform and Accreditation Centre (UAC) at the Kelvin Hall. The UAC was visited by more than 50,000 staff and volunteers in the build-up to the Games. The statue also welcomed the Queen as she visited the centre in early July to collect her Games-time accreditation.
Clyde will be unveiled at Yorkhill in coming weeks and is sure to be familiar friendly face for young people and families arriving at the hospital.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said: “The Glasgow 2014 volunteers inspired everyone with their passion and energy. It’s absolutely great that they are passing on their own generous and inspiring Games legacy by helping to put a smile on the faces of children visiting the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
“Clyde was the cheeky, cheery face of Glasgow 2014 created by a child for children and adults alike. I’m thrilled that, thanks to our volunteers, he will continue to bring a smile to the faces of Glasgow’s children in need for years to come.”