Dundee FC back Beards for Bairns

We were thrilled to have a visit from first team players at Dundee FC on a recent visit to young patients at Tayside Children’s Hospital.

The Dark Blues once again pledged their support to our Beards for Bairds campaign, encouraging men to grow some facial hair and collect sponsorship in aid of local sick children.

Kane Hemmings with 13-year-old Danielle Robertson at the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

The players were happy to chat to patients and staff and even take nominations to grow a beard or style what they already have into something eye-catching.

Defender Jordon Forster already has a wealth of facial hair and was nominated by play staff Elaine Hodgson and Maxine Steele to get creative with his beard.

He said: “We are delighted to show our support for such a great cause. Hopefully it encourages our supporters to get behind it.

Dundee FC defender Jordon Forster accepts his Beards for Bairns nomination from play staff Elaine Hodgson and Maxine Steele.

“The play staff were joking I should shape what I’ve got into a hipster beard – so I’ll maybe try that out with a bit of wax for the moustache.”

Around £30,000 was raised in last year’s initiative and ARCHIE’s Emily Findlay is hoping to see similar results this time round.

She said: “Beards for Bairns is back for 2019 and we want people across the region to get involved.

“It’s so simple: grow or style a beard for one month from Christmas Day to January 25 and raise money for sick children.

Dundee FC players outside The ARCHIE Foundation office on level 7 at Ninewells Hospital

“You can sign up individually or as part of a team of workmates or friends by visiting archie.org/beardsforbairns.

“All money raised will stay here in Tayside to support local children and their families.”

Anyone looking for more information should email [email protected].