EXPECT some sombre sponges and miserable macaroons next month as the Depressed Cake Shop arrives in Galashiels.

The imaginative concept to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues was inspired by the suicide of 21-year-old Peebles dancer Evie Douglas.

Since her tragic death in 2014, her mother, Freda, has led the campaign to highlight mental health issues.

And the grey cakes of the Depressed Cake Shop are used to symbolise how depression can sometimes cover up and dampen an otherwise vibrant life.

On Saturday, September 30, the Depressed Cake Shop will hold an event at the Volunteer Hall.

As well as raising funds for the Inspiring Life Evie Douglas Memorial Fund, the cake shop will also provide an opportunity for people to discuss mental health issues with many professionals and experts.

Freda told us: "We're a volunteer led movement who seek to break down the stigma around mental health issues and raise money for mental health charities by baking and selling grey cakes.

"Encouraging others to participate is the key to our success and makes it possible for the Depressed Cake Shop to provide local individuals and families a place to talk and to have the opportunity to seek support for mental health issues."

During the event there will also be the opportunity to take part in the SeeMe Walk a Mile, which is supported by Scottish Association for Mental health.

Freda added: "The aim of the walk is to bring people together for a friendly conversation whilst strolling around Galashiels.

"Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes we can share our stories and challenge stigma surrounding mental health."

Funds raised from the Depressed Cake Shop throughout Saturday, September 30 will go to Evie's Inspiring Life fund, which raises awareness of mental health issues, challenges stigma, and fundraises for local mental health charities and support groups.

The Inspiring Life Fund is also supporting a small group, all with experiences of poor mental health, to climb Kilimanjaro, which was a priority on Evie’s bucket list, later this year.

The Depressed Cake Shop at the Volunteer Hall on Saturday, September 30 will be open from 11am to 3pm.