A ROSS-SHIRE lad was invited to the stadium of his favourite team last week to be the focus of the launch of its annual charity fundraiser.
Staggie’s Walk for Maggie’s 2016 raised £16,000 last year and 11-year-old Alistair Urquhart was one of the top fundraisers.
The Dingwall Primary School pupil was welcomed by Ross County Football Club on Thursday in the run up to this year’s repeat of the event which will be held on October 21.
Alistair attracted a fantastic £650 worth of sponsorship for completing last year’s Staggies Walk for Maggie’s event. Alasdair’s prize for being one of the top fundraisers was to enjoy lunch with the Ross County manager, Jim McIntyre, and his first team squad, and receive a behind-the-scenes tour.
Alistair was also presented with a pair of signed gloves from goalkeeper, Scott Fox.
The date for this year’s five-mile Staggie’s Walk for Maggie’s was also revealed. It will be held on the morning of Saturday, October 21 on the day the team welcome Hamilton Academical to Dingwall.
This year all participants will receive a free match-day ticket, a goodie bag and there will be entertainment and stalls.
County boss Jim McIntyre said: “We had 170 doing the walk last year but we really want to smash through the 300 barrier and raise at least double what we did last year. I think most of us have been affected by cancer in one way and this is a great way to support a fantastic organisation and represent your football club at the same time.”
Winger Michael Gardyne said last season’s team visit to Maggie’s Highlands had a major positive effect on the lads.
“It was brilliant to meet Alistair and his dad too. He said to us that he is going to try and beat the amount he raised last year and challenge his mates to do the same and that’s fantastic to hear.”