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Players from Inverness football team show support for Highland mental health charity Mikeysline by sporting new logo on shirts


By Val Sweeney

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Emily Stokes, Mikeysline chief executive, with Inverness Athletic players (from left) Luke Mackay and Lennox Lauder-Smith.
Emily Stokes, Mikeysline chief executive, with Inverness Athletic players (from left) Luke Mackay and Lennox Lauder-Smith.

Players from an Inverness football team are raising awareness of a suicide prevention charity by sporting its logo on their shirts.

Inverness Athletic is supporting Mikeysline which provides a text-based support service and also operates The Hive, a crisis and mental health support centre in the city centre.

The team, which plays in the North Caledonian League, has relocated to Cromal Park in Ardersier this season, having previously been based at Pavilion Park in Muir of Ord.

Chairman Sandy Stephen said the club first partnered with the charity about five or six years ago.

"Mikeysline is an excellent cause and it is something we wanted to support," he said.

"We thought what better way to get the name out there and highlight the excellent work it is doing than to have its logo on the shirts.

"If young guys are out there playing on a Saturday they might see it and it will perhaps point them to Mikeysline if they are needing help.

"But it is not just about directing young guys. It is about getting the message across to everyone.

"If anyone is struggling, they know they can reach out to someone."

The logo is on the sleeve and designed to be visible.

Emily Stokes, chief executive of Mikeysline, thanked everyone at the club.

"We are thrilled that Inverness Athletic has chosen to show their ongoing support for Mikeysline through including our logo on their home and away kits," she said.

"This demonstrates that no matter how big or small your club is, that you can still help raise awareness about Mikeysline in a crucial way."

The club recently announced a new multi-year sponsorship deal with local companies Safe Access Highland and Access Personnel.

The Safe Access Highland logo will continue to be on the home shirts for the next three North Caledonian League seasons, with the Access Personnel logo on away shirts over the same period.

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