Published: 16/02/2017 14:08 - Updated: 16/02/2017 14:34

Briggsy ready to hug football fans

Football mascots will be giving out hugs as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Football mascots will be giving out hugs as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week.

DON’T be alarmed if you’re on the receiving end of a hug from a 6ft cuddly animal this Saturday.

Doing the hugging will be Briggsy the Badger, the official mascot of Elgin City. The football club is taking part in Random Acts of Kindness Week which is part of an initiative to promote good mental health.

The idea behind it is that being nice to others actually does us good as well.

That’s why supporters heading to Borough Briggs to cheer on their side against Clyde are being encouraged to carry out their own random acts of kindness.

Tony McLaren is the national coordinator of Breathing Space, Scotland’s mental health phone service. He explained: "We’ve all experienced that ‘elevated feeling’ when we’ve helped someone.

"So, whether it’s a thank-you to a colleague, a comforting hug for a friend, or offering to drive someone to an appointment, we’re asking people in Moray to think about what they can do for others."

Elgin City’s club secretary, Kate Taylor, said they welcomed the chance to work with Breathing Space and the NHS to raise awareness about mental health.

She added: "As a football club we recognise the importance of keeping mentally as well as physically fit. We’d encourage all of our supporters to look after their own wellbeing by getting out and about and staying connected with family, friends and people in the community.

"We hope that Saturday’s event will inspire Elgin fans to carry out random acts of kindness, not just this week but all year-round."

Breathing Space is a free telephone service offering care, compassion and advice over the phone to anyone feeling low, depressed or anxious. The service is open evenings and weekends on 0800 838587.

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