Football fans have raised more than £800 for Support in Mind Scotland by buying badges highlighting a mental health anti-stigma campaign.

Members from the 'Hibs v Stigma' campaign have generously donated the amount towards three cyclists - Sean Allan, Mark Lally and Dave Tipping - who are raising funds for SiMS by tackling  the RideLondon-Surrey event in August.

Alan Donaldson-Bruce and Kevin Robertson from Hibs v Stigma presented the cheque to the trio, and SiMS fundraising manager Colin Leslie, and revealed that they had carefully chosen the charity to benefit from their campaign, due to its work with the Hearing Voices network.

Alan explained: "Mental ill health, sadness and darkness are natural cousins. I spent much of my professional career as a mental health professional, working with young adults experiencing enduring mental health issues, frequently complicated by alcohol, substance misuse and painful past trauma.

"The Hearing Voices Network is an invaluable service, particularly within Hearing Voices Groups, or online discussion forums. These are places that you will be heard and understood – whatever your experience. Hibs V Stigma is a fan-funded initiative that hopes to raise awareness."

Hundreds of supporters have bought the metal badges and wear them to stand up to stigma and to raise mental health awareness.

Alan added: "The green ribbon is now recognised as THE symbol for mental health awareness. The semi-colon, suicide awareness. Why Hibs? Hibernian are inclusive by nature, our spirit for ‘community’ is well known.

"Our approach to selling the badges was relatively low-key. It involved brief engagement with individuals and groups pre and post match and online. Almost without exception people, including a large number of males, expressed some mental health issue. We are delighted to support Support in Mind Scotland in any way we can. We know that our donation will help improve the invaluable services they provide."

Sean and Mark will be cycling 46 miles for Support in Mind Scotland at RideLondon-Surrey, while Dave is entered in the 100-mile event. You can view their online giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sean-allan2