TOP Scots comic Tam Cowan is Inverness-bound to help boost a fundraising campaign in aid of a Highland youngster.
Football fans are expected to turn out in force when the radio funny man and raconteur takes to the microphone at the city’s Kingsmills Hotel on April 1.
An initial batch of tickets for “An afternoon with Tam Cowan” quickly sold out but more have been added to cope with demand to see Radio Scotland’s “Off the Ball” host.
The proceeds will benefit three-year-old Sam Douglas from Inverness, who is undergoing specialist therapies to help his mobility after he was born with a rare neurological condition.
An auction will be held during the event with lot items including a signed shirt by world darts champion Gary Anderson and an 18th hole flag from the 2017 Open signed by winner Jordan Spieth.
The afternoon will include a three-course Sunday roast lunch.
Tam said: “I heard about Sam’s situation through a friend of his family and I offered to do something to help the wee man.
“I hope footy and sporting fans in general will come along for a good laugh.
“It’s entirely possible the afternoon will include some stories that are not suitable for broadcast.”
Sam’s family said they were hugely grateful to Tam, who came up with the idea for the event and is donating his time for free.
The youngster’s mum Stephanie said: “We were overwhelmed when we heard Tam had suggested hosting a fundraiser for Sam.
“We know it’ll be a brilliant afternoon, as well as raising much needed funds for Sams therapies. We hope lots of people will come along for what’s sure to be a great day out.
“Through fundraising, we’ve just returned from more therapies in London and Sam is coming on so well as a result, we’re just delighted with his progress.
“The tickets would make a great Christmas present for people and Sam’s continued development is the best gift we can receive.”
The event is strictly for over 18s only.
Sam has an undiagnosed neurological condition which causes epilepsy and global developmental delay. He needs to receive regular intensive courses of CME and other therapies.
Steph and Kris’ second child Sam was born on September 18, 2014 following a healthy and normal pregnancy. When Sam was born at full term it was quickly realised there were abnormalities and he was given an MRI at less than a day old. Steph and Kris were told that his brain had not formed properly and Sam would be developmentally delayed and have disabilities. At two days old Sam had his first epileptic seizure and the family has been on an emotional rollercoaster ever since.
Tickets for the Kingsmills event, priced £35, are available online at http://ow.ly/61NM30gIxtm
Sam’s story is told online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/stepupforsam