Ross County Players bring festive cheer to young patients

Left to Right: Jay Henderson, Jordan White, Josh Sims, Kyle Turner, Max Sheaf, Yan Dhanda, Connor Randall, Simon Murray, Ben Purrington and Jack Baldwin pictured with a patient in the Highland Children's Unit and her mother.

YOUNG patients at the Highland Children’s Unit at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness have scored a special visit from some of the players from Ross County FC. 

The 10 players helped cheer up the festive season, visiting the wards and handing out gifts to children and young people spending time in hospital at a time when other youngsters are out and about enjoying Christmas treats and taking part in special events. 

Connor Randall, Ben Purrington, Jack Baldwin, Kyle Turner, Yan Dhanda, Josh Sims, Max Sheaf, Simon Murray, Jay Henderson and Jordan White took time out from their schedule yesterday (Monday, December 18) to visit the unit as part of The Archie Foundation’s Advent Calendar campaign.  

The campaign began on December 1 and sees children, families and staff at the hospital benefit from a huge range of special treats and exciting activities and experiences.  

Zoe Grant, regional fundraising officer at The Archie Foundation for the Highlands and Islands, said: “Christmas is a busy time of year, and for the babies, children and families supported by The Archie Foundation, it can be a really tough time, especially if they are in hospital during the festive season.   

“It’s easy for the children to feel like they are missing out. They know that siblings and friends are likely to be enjoying school shows and Christmas parties.   

“That’s why things like the visit from the Ross County players are so special. We really appreciate the players taking the time to visit the Highland Children’s Unit to spread some festive cheer. It was great to see the excitement on the children’s faces.”  

Ross County FC’s chief executive officer, Steven Ferguson, said: “‘Christmas can be a tough time for people, especially if circumstances dictate that they can’t take part in the events and excitement in the build-up. A small thing like a visit from our players is something we hope can help make times like this easier for the children and their families.’ 

“We hope that this visit has helped to put a smile on the faces and bring some festive cheer to all those in the ward.” 

Local businesses have also been hugely supportive, sponsoring activities as well as funding services as part of the advent calendar campaign. This year, 14 companies and organisations have funded activities and vital services the charity offers, ensuring they can continue in 2024.  

The Archie Foundation exists to transform experiences and outcomes in healthcare and bereavement for babies, children and families across North Scotland, including Inverness, Aberdeen, Elgin and Dundee. 

The charity’s vision is that all children in the region will have equal access to world-class healthcare and bereavement support, delivered in a child-appropriate environment and manner. 

To find out how you can support The Archie Foundation this festive season, visit 

Visit for more information about the practical, financial and emotional support available from The Archie Foundation.   

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