Charity News Update August 2012

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Digby Brown has, for many years, worked closely with a number of national charities in Scotland. At present the firm has long standing relations with Spinal Injuries Scotland, Headway- the brain injury charity, The Child Brain Injury Trust and Brake - the road safety charity. 

Digby Brown actively encourages individuals from within the firm to play their part in helping these and other charities raise vital and much needed funds.  Some upcoming and recent activities include….

August 2012

Into the Great Wilderness for Headway

Two of Digby Brown’s Partners are swapping their desks for the great outdoors on Saturday 18th August in support of Headway, a charity providing help and support to those who have suffered brain injury, and their work in the Highlands.

Darrell Kaye and Kim Leslie are taking on the Great Wilderness Challenge, a number of physically demanding walks and runs over a variety of distances and terrains which take place between the Highland Villages of Poolewe and Aultbea, one of the last great wildernesses in the UK.

You can support Darrell and Kim’s efforts at All the money raised will support Headway’s work in the Highlands.

July 2012

Through rain, water and mud for a very good cause!

On Saturday 14th July, David Swanney, a Solicitor in Digby Brown’s Glasgow Office, literally toughed it out for charity, completing the gruelling Tough Mudder Challenge to raise funds for the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT).

As well as tackling the obstacle course, designed by the Special Forces, David also had to battle the elements!

David’s efforts raised £1000 for CBIT, with Digby Brown matching the money raised pound-for-pound.

Speaking after the event, David said;

"There isn't much to say other than it was wetter, tougher and muddier than I had expected. Challenging 12 mile run where the obstacles themselves are not the only hazards to overcome, as we had to face heavily watered mud tracks (even after the weather we've had this 'summer'), the rain and the Scottish midge (and the odd cleg). Despite injury to one of my teammates we all managed to complete the course having attempted all 28 of the obstacles, and successfully completed all of them other than the monkeybars - each of us fell before the half way point! I even received a fairly hefty electric shock to my shoulder!

Despite the pain, the weather, the water, the mud, the electric shocks and the injuries I had a fantastic time and was determined to ensure I finished to thank all those who had given so generously and helped to raise what is a truly amazing amount of money that is beyond what I could have hoped for at the outset."

CBIT are Digby Brown’s Charity of the Year for 2012. CBIT supports children and young people through Acquired Brain Injury.

The Child Brain Injury Trust website has more details about the work they do as the leading voluntary sector organisation providing non-medical services to families affected by childhood acquired brain injury.


Disability Football

The Scottish Football Association (SFA), in partnership with St Mirren FC, are starting weekly football training sessions to provide survivors of a head injury with the opportunity to play the game at all levels.

The sessions will be held at St Mirren FC, every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Further information is available by contacting St Mirren in the Community by email:, or visiting

“Football is followed and played by people with different backgrounds and circumstances. These training sessions are a great new initiative which will give people with Acquired Brain Injuries the chance to enjoy playing football at whatever level they would like to participate at.” said Chris Stewart, Partner, Digby Brown and Director, St Mirren FC

Digby Brown have close links with charities working with people with acquired brain injury in Scotland, including the Child Brain Injury Trust and Headway.