Webhelp is delighted to sponsor Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail 2019, Scotland’s first-ever national public art trail, raising vital funds for children in hospital across Scotland.

Each week of the event takes on a different theme, as it is Charity Week, it’s a perfect time to look back at a past campaign for one of the trail’s charities the Glasgow Children’s Hospital and the incredible impact it had on one very special family.

Nichola Hazard, who works for one of Webhelp’s key clients, shared the story of her young son Hugo, who was diagnosed with dense cataracts in both eyes just before his second birthday. Within a few months, Hugo had surgery, less than a week after he could see his mum smiling at him for the first time ever. Supported by this improvement to his vision, Hugo also started walking and learning to use sign language.

However, in order for Hugo to do things that normal children take for granted such as, swimming or playing in the bath, he has to wear strong contact lenses. This results in constant eye infections and pain when changing the lenses.

Hugo, now 3 years old, had the opportunity to get permanent lenses fitted, which would mean no more lenses and a chance for his vision to improve. But a vital piece of equipment, called a Keratometer and costing ten thousand pounds, was needed before the surgery could be performed.

Nichola took the courageous step of deciding to raise the money so that Hugo and other babies like him could get this life-altering surgery. Hugo’s story touched the hearts of everyone at Webhelp, and teams at City Park and Hope St stepped in with a local charity day to help Nichola raise vital funds, contributing £1700 to the cause.

The family have been delighted with this result, as Nichola says:

“We are so incredibly grateful to Webhelp for the fundraising that they did. The great news is that NHS has now purchased the Keratometer that was needed for Hugo to have his surgery.”

A final total of £17,591 was given to Glasgow Children’s Hospital to fund this equipment. Hugo’s consultant has confirmed that he should have a date for surgery in the next few months and that they will also use this opportunity to correct his slight hearing loss. Nichola welcomes the positive changes this will bring for Hugo adding that: “His dad reckons he’ll be like the bionic boy by the time he starts school!”

The family is also delighted that the Keratometer will benefit several other children on the waiting list for similar operations, and everyone at Webhelp wishes Hugo all the best for his operation and a speedy recovery.

Click here to find out more about Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail, which supports children’s charities the Glasgow Children’s Hospital, the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital and the Archie Foundation.