Three new spooky gnomes have been added to the crew of lawn ornaments travelling the world as part of a bid to raise funds for a dementia charity.
Halloween-themed gnomes Hermione, Chester and Micky have joined 14 other garden ornaments.
The new additions – a witch, a vampire and a Frankenstein gnome – have already been snapped up by people to take them to Halloween balls and parties.
Mental health nurses from Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin have dubbed themselves “gnome minders” after launching a campaign last spring to raise awareness and cash for Alzheimer Scotland.
The project, Adventure Before Dementia, sees people from the north-east temporarily rent one of the gnomes for a small donation.
Trish Bury, one of the nurses and head of the fundraiser, said: “Since it’s coming up to Halloween, we thought ‘why not have festive gnomes?’
“After putting it up on Facebook, they have already been booked out for Halloween.
“The witch is Hermione, named after the Harry Potter character, but the other two we just picked out a name randomly.
“They’ll be going to Halloween events and we’ll also be doing a lucky draw where people have the chance to win some spooky gins.
“We have 59 numbers available and each one goes for £5.”
Since the launch, the nurses have raised £6,000 for the charity.
She added: “We smashed our target. At first we wanted to raise £1,000 and now anything else is a bonus.
“The Forres 1st Beavers took out George recently, one of our biggest gnomes, and they raised £332 which was a big help.”
One of the gnomes, Goldie, recently visited the head office of Alzheimer Scotland in Edinburgh. Goldie then got the chance to meet Henry Simmons, the chief executive of the charity.
As for the future of the garden ornaments, Trish said there is a possibility that more festive gnomes could be available to take on trips.
She added: “There has been talk of other places doing something similar.
“I hope they do – it’s such a simple and fun way to raise money for a cause and I would hope to see more people doing the same.”
To get involved with the project visit bit.ly/2E269ZQ