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Toy Story's Buzz and Woody enlisted by McDonald’s Nairn in fundraiser for Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

By Donald Wilson

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Iain Fyfe as Buzz Lightyear and Susan O'Neill as Woody with children outside McDonalds in Nairn. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Iain Fyfe as Buzz Lightyear and Susan O'Neill as Woody with children outside McDonalds in Nairn. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Familiar faces have been enlisted to help cook up some cash for charity at a fast-food restaurant.

Buzz and Woody from Toy Story were at McDonald’s Nairn in aid of Mikeysline – a Highland-wide mental health charity which recently opened a Hive in the town.

Youngsters were able to pose for photos with their heroes at a fundraising event for the cause.

Franchisee Iain Fyfe said: "We wanted to arrange an event that the whole community could be a part of. I dressed up as Buzz along with one of my front-of-house staff who bagged being Woody.

"Mikeysline is such a fantastic charity and one that is very close to our hearts.

"Having grown up here, I know the mental health issues that we face in this area and the work Mikeysline are doing in the Highlands is superb.

"Mikeysline will also be doing mental wellbeing training with our staff at McDonald’s to make sure that we are supporting them as best we can."

At the event there was a colouring competition for kids and buckets were in store for collecting cash for Mikeysline, as well as a JustGiving page which is posted on McDonald’s Nairn’s Facebook. So far nearly £600 has been raised.

Fundraising efforts for Mikeysline will continue throughout the year, with an event for young readers planned at the end of August in-line with the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.

Mcdonald's Nairn goes large for community

Iain and Sarah are also passionate about the Nairn area and plan to do beach litter clean-ups regularly, starting on August 9 with McDonald’s staff teaming up with Nairn St Ninian Women’s Football Club.

Mikeysline chief executive Emily Stokes said: "It’s great to have been chosen as the charity partner for McDonald’s Nairn and we loved the fundraiser that Iain, Sarah and their team ran to the delight of many, on our behalf, as part of their launch events.

"We really look forward to the continued partnership and are very grateful for the essential support and awareness-raising that is being done on behalf of Mikeysline in Nairn."

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