A DALMUIR toddler has been chosen to receive a special Oor Wullie statue from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Kyro McLafferty is only one of thousands of kids who will benefit from funds raised by the charity’s Big Bucket Trail, but he is only one of 50 who were chosen to receive a statue.

It is the first ever nationwide public art trail, and will hit the streets of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness to raise money for kids who spend time in hospital.

Kyro was diagnosed with Laryngomalacia when just weeks old, leaving him struggling to breathe.

Now, one-and-a-half years old, he is constantly attending Glasgow Children’s Hospital and spent a total of three months there just before his first Christmas.

At a recent fundraiser ball, the charity placed 50 statues of Oor Wullie on the dance floor that were bought for £750 each.

Kids who have spent a lot of time in hospital were then chosen to receive one which they can decorate themselves before it is displayed on the trail.

Kyro’s mum, 25-year-old April Stuart-Macrae, who runs dance school April’s Street Feet in Dalmuir, is getting her students involved to decorate the statue as Kyro is too young.

April said: “The charity do so much work for us, they provided the bed I slept on next to Kyro for three months. All of the staff know us by name and Kyro’s situation.

“It honestly means so much to me and all his family and friends that the charity choose Kyro.

“And thanks to the person who paid £750 for his statue, it’s going to an amazing cause who have first-hand helped myself and Kyro so much.”

Statues will be returned to the kids after being displayed to the public on the Big Bucket Trail.