An iconic Clyde statue which played a special part in the best Commonwealth Games ever, will have a new life cheering up some of the sickest children in the country, thanks to big-hearted Games volunteers.
Glasgow 2014 has gifted the life-sized Clyde signed by Glasgow 2014 Ambassador and cycling Sir Chris Hoy to an army of Games volunteers, who were raising funds to bid for the mascot via the official Games Auction. The Glasgow 2014 donation of Clyde to the volunteers enables 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 Her Majesty 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 who experienced the Commonwealth Games 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.”
Team Scotland judoka Kimberley and Louise Renicks and Chris Sherrington also visited Yorkhill during the Games to show off their Gold medals to the children and talk about their Games experiences.