Published: 18/01/2016 18:00 - Updated: 18/01/2016 15:09

Yogi finds new way to beat chill in dugout

Written byVal Sweeney

John Hughes (left) with sales manager Iain Auld and player Gary Warren.
John Hughes (left) with sales manager Iain Auld and player Gary Warren.

Football fans have noticed Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John "Yogi" Hughes is now sporting a new look.

Along with some of his players and other staff, the 51-year-old boss has discarded his razor to raise money for the Highland Children’s Unit Appeal.

He is among 100 men who have signed up for the month-long Beards For Bairns challenge which began on Christmas Day.

It will help push the appeal, launched by the ARCHIE Foundation in conjunction with the Inverness Courier, towards its £2 million target. The aim is to create a more child-centred and family-friendly unit at Raigmore Hospital.

"I have grown a beard before but this is the first time I have taken part in Beards For Bairns," Mr Hughes said. "It is such a good local cause. But it is also a good way of keeping warm during the winter especially when I am in the dugout during matches!"

Also taking part is novice beard grower Seumas Ross, of Burn Brae, Westhill. The 18-year-old student was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia B-cell when he was three and was immediately referred to Yorkhill in Glasgow to undergo intensive chemotherapy. Since then, he has continued to receive regular check-ups at Raigmore’s children’s department although this year was transferred to adult oncology.

Seumas Ross shows off his new look.
Seumas Ross shows off his new look.

He now wants to say thank you for the care he received at the hospital.

* The ARCHIE Foundation is organising an ARCHIE Burns Supper at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on Friday January 22. Musician Donnie Munro and the band Torridon will provide entertainment. Tickets, priced £95 each, can be obtained by calling (01463) 888258 or emailing laura@archiefoundation.org.uk

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