A PACKED fundraising event will be held in Clackmannanshire in aid of Strathcarron Hospice next month.

As a nod to a friend, The Inn, Tullibody, will play host to a games day combined with a 'brave the shave'.

Those who head along can take part in pool, darts and dominoes competitions, or test their luck in the raffle, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Four brave men – Ricky McLuckie, Tam Rushforth, Jimmy Gibson and Brian Craig – will also have their hair chopped off for the cause.

They will do so in honour of all the patients who go through hair loss and changes to their appearance due to illness.

Vicky Brown, one of the organisers who works at the venue, said: "The reason we have chosen Strathcarron Hospice is in memory of The Inn's regular Jock Frame, who sadly passed away after spending some time within the hospice.

"We would like to show our appreciation of the staff who provided a high level of care, were extremely professional and compassionate with the family and friends of Jock Frame."

Vicky and Ricky, who frequents The Inn, have been busy planning the event which will take place on Sunday, May 7.

The catalyst for it was actually a chance conversation between the pair, during which he joked about being in need of a haircut.

He said: "I mentioned to her I was thinking about taking a razor to it and if I'm going to do that, I'm as well doing it for charity."

They have been inundated with support so far and have plenty of assistance from volunteers, who are helping collect sponsor money and more.

Ricky was keen to take on the event, and have his head shaved, to mark the work of Stathcarron, which provides specialist palliative care to people living with life-shortening illnesses.

Around 60 per cent of the funding is self-generated by the hospice and for every £1 donated, 95p goes into patient care.

Ricky, from Tullibody, said he had been thinking about fundraising for a while: "Jock Frame was the first person I was actually thinking about.

"The very last time I saw him was in Strathcarron Hospice and they were actually doing a brilliant job.

"I kind of made the suggestion to do the charity event and all proceeds go to Strathcarron Hospice in memory of Jock Frame."

Entry to the event is £5 and it will start at 1pm in the Main Street venue.

Barber Alan Erskine, of Erskine's Barbers in Sauchie, will be providing the four volunteers with their new style as his contribution to the charity.

To sponsor the men, forms are available from The Inn or give a donation via the online fundraising page www.justgiving.com/RickyVickyStrathcarron