Former patrons of a much-loved pub in Dumbarton raised money for a Balloch children’s hospice.

Members of the old Elephant and Castle dusted off their football boots and clubbed together for a charity game to raise money for Robin House, part of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

The team includes a number of fathers who have received support from the charity over the years.

Jim Carruthers, representing the team, said: “The last time we had played football together was in 2000. We decided to dust off the cobwebs and get the guys together again for a good cause.

“Robin House is a fantastic local charity which a few of the guys have had support from over the years and would like to give something back.

“To raise money we have been selling football cards, accepting donations and selling raffle tickets.

“We had around 30 fantastic prizes for which we would like to thank all the local businesses who very kindly donated these to raffle which helped us raise £4,000 in a relatively short period of time.

“Due to the success of the event, we aim to go again next year and raise the bar.”

The pub, which opened in the 1800s, was one of the oldest buildings on Dumbarton High Street - but was demolished in 2017 to make way for housing after sitting vacant for a decade.

The pub’s patrons, who are - or were - collectively known as Nellies, raised £4,000 from the football match for the children’s hospice charity.

Tracy Brittan, a fund-raising volunteer for CHAS, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Jim and the Nellies for all their efforts. What a lovely reason to reunite for a game of footie after all these years.

“The amount raised will go a long way towards helping the babies, children, young people and families who need the assistance of our hospices and CHAS at Home teams.”