A beloved lawn ornament trekking the world in a bid to raise cash for Alzheimer Scotland has been gnome-napped.
Ransom notes have been delivered to the five mental health nurses from Dr Gray’s Hospital after one of their travelling gnomes was “kidnapped”.
The nurses launched a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer Scotland.
The initiative, Adventure Before Dementia sees gnomes temporarily adopted by people in exchange for a small donation.
As part of the ongoing fundraiser, the nurses and a member of the public have staged a “kidnapping” of Monty the gnome.
He went missing on Friday after going on holiday with Jayne Gerard and her dog Zac along the west coast.
On the campaign’s Facebook page, Monty’s friends have been pictured being interviewed for more information on his whereabouts.
Trish Bury, one of the nurses and head of the fundraiser, said: “Monty went out with Jayne during their mobile home trip.
“Her dog Zac grew very fond of Monty and we got a picture where he looked very sad to see him go.
“So, when it was time for Monty to come back home we started getting these ransom notes.
“The first note said ‘if you want to see Monty again give to Alzheimer Scotland’ and we needed to raise £30.
“Jayne has spoken to and interviewed some of Monty’s closest friends.
“One of the gnomes is Hamish McTavish, a gnome police informant, another was Monty’s oldest friend Winston and Monty’s partner Dolores, who said his disappearance was odd since they were going to get married.
“We got another ransom note yesterday that said ‘Ransom is now £50 to release Monty or his head will get it. One week’.”
One of the latest pictures in the mystery is one of Zac and Monty.
It reads: “Last known sighting of Monty. Police would also like to talk to Zac the dog, who is not at home. All paws seem to point to Zac.”
Trish added: “This is just a fun way to keep people interested and entertained during the fundraising campaign.”
So far, the nurses have raised £400 on their JustGiving page out of their £1,000 target.