Thorntons’ team ‘itching’ to help

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A Monifieth man and his workmates have been taking part in a ‘hair-raising’ challenge to raise money for a children’s charity.

Alan Laing, a tax manager at law firm Thorntons in Dundee, along with colleagues Murray Etherington, Grant Johnson and Colin Whyte, have taken on the Beards for Bairns fund-raiser in aid of the Archie Foundation which has seen them skip their morning shave every day between Christmas Day and Burns Night.

Alan said: “The ARCHIE Foundation is an extremely worthwhile cause. We became involved with the charity at the end of last year as we have chosen ARCHIEs to be one of the benefitting charities at our Sports Challenge dinner taking place in May.

“After hearing about the tremendous work the team at ARCHIEs are involved in, we thought it would be a great idea to get involved in its latest fund-raiser.

“Our initial target was to raise £200 but we have already well surpassed that with support from our colleagues in the firm, clients, family and friends so the more we can raise the better.”

He added: “We are usually all quite clean shaven so it’s a different look for us – although we do resemble some of the cast from 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at the moment. It has been quite a talking point around the office.”

The ARCHIE Foundation supports more than 130,000 sick children each year. The money raised is used in a variety of ways, including the purchase of specialist equipment, offering support to families, enhancing hospital environments and helps to funds research. To donate to the Thorntons team, please visit