Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will be putting his storytelling skills to the test at a charity sleepout in Aberdeen.
The manager will tell a bedtime story of his choosing to thousands of people before they sleep out at Duthie Park.
He will not be the only Dons figure taking part in the event – chairman Stewart Milne, director Duncan Skinner and player Mark Reynolds will all be sleeping under the stars to raise money for the city’s homeless.
Organised by charity Social Bite, the Aberdeen event is one of four Sleep in the Park sleepouts taking place in different Scottish cities on the same night in December.
Describing his reasons for supporting the event, McInnes said: “As a club at the heart of our community it is an honour to have been asked to read the bedtime story.
“Everyone at Aberdeen FC are all determined to play their part in helping to end homelessness in Aberdeen and it will be a pleasure to read to all the participants before they settle down for the night.”
Reynolds added: “I’m always up for a challenge so when the chairman suggested I participate alongside himself and Duncan Skinner, I was keen to play my part.
“As a player who has been associated with this club and city for almost a decade I know the generosity of spirit Aberdonians have and I’m sure there will be no shortage of people willing to brave a cold winter’s night and sleep out in Duthie Park.”
Along with Aberdeen, sleepout events are also taking place in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow on Saturday December 8.
Amy Macdonald and KT Tunstall will play at each of the four events and will start their night’s journey in Aberdeen.
Fairground Attraction frontwoman Eddi Reader will headline at the Duthie Park and will be joined by Kris Drever (Lau), who celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
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Social Bite’s co-founder Josh Littlejohn said: “It is fantastic to have Aberdeen FC so supportive of our mission.
“With the chairman Stewart Milne, director Duncan Skinner and defender Mark Reynolds all sleeping out, it shows the club’s commitment to the issue.
“There can’t be many events where the manager of a professional football team will read you a bedtime story but Sleep in the Park in Aberdeen will be an event like no other.
“I’m looking forward to finding out what story Derek will choose to bring warmth to the thousands of participants getting ready for a long night in the cold.”