A Highland minister will put on a bridesmaid’s dress when he receives his Covid vaccine as part of a fundraiser for a mental health charity.
Rev. James Bissett plans to wear the “bright pink” garment purchased from the online auction site eBay to improve his appointment while raising money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
The 45-year-old from North Kessock, near Inverness, took inspiration from others who dressed up for the vaccine.
Rev. Bissett explained how the quirky donation idea came about and said his wife was the mastermind behind the plan.
He said, “It all started with a one-way talk in the car.
“My wife, Rev. Susan Cord, commented on people dressing for their vaccination appointment because it was the first time they had gone out in ages.
The very pink dress Rev Bissett wants to wear for the big day.
“So I asked what to wear for myself and she immediately came back with the pink 1980s bridesmaid dress.
“I didn’t want to immediately agree that I ran a poll on Twitter asking for my opinion. Of course, your proposal won … “
Rev. Bissett, an ordained local minister – the Church of Scotland part-time ministry – is based in the Contin and Strathpeffer wards.
His wife is the minister of Killearnan and Knockbain.
Radio 2’s Prime Minister and presenter Kate Bottley was among the many thousands across the country who had to dress up for their vaccinations.
It’s vaccination day!
Yes, I got dressed
Yes I cried @ BassetlawCCG
God bless the #NHS #NHSCovidVaccine pic.twitter.com/cK5J5l0GPI
– Kate Bottley (@revkatebottley) March 27, 2021
Rev. Bissett hopes to raise around £ 500 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
However, he admitted that he will not wear his office collar with the dress because it “just doesn’t work.”
Rev. Bissett added, “The dress is from eBay, and while it’s actually a pretty dress, it just doesn’t work with a bureau collar.
“I hope that not only can I brighten the day, but I can also raise some money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
Rev. Bissett hopes to raise around £ 500 for SAMH
“The past year has been tough for everyone, especially people with mental health problems.
“I want to help them support people through their work and services.
“I’m 45 so I should get my vaccination appointment soon, but I can’t give you a set date for this stunt right now.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sayyestothedress