Nurses behind a quirky initiative to raise funds for a dementia charity have managed to smash their target.
Five mental health nurses from Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin have dubbed themselves “gnome minders” after launching a campaign to raise awareness and cash for Alzheimer Scotland.
The launch was in April, with the nurses hoping to raise £1,000.
Four months on, the team have managed to smash their target, with the total sitting at £5,406.
Trish Bury, one of the nurses and head of the fundraiser, said: “We surpassed the £1,000 mark back in June at our bake sale and we’re sitting at £5,406.
“We did not hope for so much but everyone has been so generous.
“At the end of this we’re looking to reach £7,000 and then we’ll auction off the gnomes and give them some good homes.”
Their most popular gnomes are still the mankini-wearing Sasha and Borat – who got “arrested” recently in Greece.
The project, Adventure Before Dementia, sees people from across the north-east temporarily adopt a garden ornament for a small donation and take them on an adventure – ranging from ambulance rides to trips to the Canary Island.