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Inverness Caley Jags duo ditch shaving for Raigmore unit

Owain Fon Williams, Dawn Cowie and Ali Sutherland Image copyright Eilidh Davies
Image caption Caley Jags goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams, left, and team-mate Ali Sutherland with Archie Highland fundraiser Dawn Cowie

Two footballers are giving up shaving for a month to show support for Raigmore Hospital's children's unit.

Welsh international Owain Fon Williams and his Inverness Caledonian Thistle team-mate Ali Sutherland have personal connections to children's units.

After falling seriously ill as a boy, Fon Williams spent three months in a Welsh children's unit and later Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Sutherland's girlfriend Dawn Cowie was an inpatient at Raigmore's unit.

She is now a fundraising assistant with Archie Highland, a charity that supports sick children and their families across the north of Scotland.

Fon Williams, who has already got a head start on his team-mate in the facial hair growing stakes, and Sutherland are taking part in the charity's Beards for Bairns challenge.

The goalkeeper and striker will not shave for more than a month from Christmas Day until Burns Night on 25 January.

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