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Friday, December 21, 2018

Aberdeen solicitors supporting Mission Christmas 2018

Our Aberdeen office have been busy supporting their charity partner Cash for Kids with their Mission Christmas appeal.

Cash for Kids work closely with organisations across the UK to support disadvantaged children from birth to 18 years old. Their Mission Christmas appeal aims to make sure every child wakes up to a present on Christmas Day.

The Northsound Mission Christmas campaign asks people to buy and donate an extra present to give to disadvantaged children in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area.

This is the second year our Aberdeen office was a registered drop off point for the Mission Christmas appeal and we received even more donations this year. The office themselves were busy buying gifts for children of all ages and had gifts ranging from hand knitted cardigans, magic sets, Barbie dolls to handbags.

On top of this, trainee solicitors Kimberley MacLennan and Kerry Whyte went along to the Mission Christmas warehouse, where they helped sort the presents into different age categories so they were all ready to be specially delivered to kids around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Solicitors from our Aberdeen office help at Mission Christmas HQ.

Our Aberdeen Office said: “We really enjoy supporting Mission Christmas and would like to say thank you to everyone who came to our office and donated a gift – we were really moved by everyone’s generosity.

“It was incredible visiting the warehouse and seeing just how many donations have been made by people, especially with this time of year being so expensive.

“These donations really go a long way to make what would be a difficult time of year more special for children in the area.”

Gift donations for Mission Christmas are now closed to give enough time for presents to be delivered to children in time for Christmas. Any late gift donations will be used for emergency grants or kept in storage until next year’s Mission Christmas appeal.

If you would still like to get involved, you can donate online or by text. Find more information at Mission Christmas Northsound.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Will the AWPR improve road safety in North East of Scotland?

Transport chiefs believe that the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) will reduce the number of accidents in the north-east by around 80 per year. It is estimated that there will be a reduction in 72 minor, nine serious and at least one fatal road traffic accident each year

The AWPR is a new 46km long route extending from Stonehaven to Blackdog. First proposed in 1952 as a means of bypassing Aberdeen, the first section from Goval to Blackdog has now opened to the public. While a completion date has not yet been set for the rest of the route, the whole bypass is scheduled to be open by late 2018.

Chief Inspector of road policing in the north of Scotland Stewart Mackie stated: “When the road opens it will be one of the safest in the country”. The hope is that the AWPR will improve road safety and reduce accidents by taking large volumes of traffic away from unsuitable and rural roads and busy urban area while easing congestion during rush hours.

Emma Bellu, Chief Executive of local safety charity Absafe stated: “This project can quite literally save lives, reduce injuries and improve wellbeing…”. Journeys will be quicker, safer and less stressful which will be welcome news for local drivers. Residents have long awaited improvements to the local road network in the north east of Scotland.

Does the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route go far enough?

Since 2005, there have been 20 fatal crashes on the A947 between Aberdeen and Banff. The A947 is the main link road between Aberdeen and the towns of Newmachar, Oldmeldrum, Turriff and Banff. The route is characterised by frequent bends, poor visibility and a high proportion of slow moving agricultural vehicles and HGV’s. Although the overall accident rate is below national levels, the number of fatal and serious accidents is 60% higher.

While a small portion of the route will be realigned as part of the AWPR; the majority of the route remains untouched. An addition development of the AWPR could see greater traffic on the A947 south of Newmachar once the AWPR is fully open.

Calls have been made to dual aspects of the road and for greater lay-bys to be installed to help combat driver frustration. With development of the AWPR and further improvements expected on the A90 and A96 trunk roads, inconsistencies could be seen between the A947 and other local roads.

The Aberdeenshire Council has considered possible upgrades to the route. The reality is that it will be many years before any action can be taken. In addition, the Scottish Government has advised that there are no plans to make any changes.

It would appear more needs to be done to really combat the issue. However, improving roads only goes so far as the sad reality is that many road traffic accidents are a result of driver error.

Digby Brown Solicitors recommends driving smart.

  1. Reduce your speed and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  2. Plan your route before you set off.
  3. Allow yourself plenty of time to travel especially if it is wet or slippy.
  4. Remain patient and avoid overtaking on single carriageway roads.
  5. Read the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards. Look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances.

Our Aberdeen personal injury solicitors see first-hand the upsetting impact that road traffic accidents have on individuals and families in Aberdeenshire.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Aberdeen solicitors take on challenges for Cash for Kids

Solicitors in our Aberdeen office have been busy taking part in various sporting challenges to raise funds for their chosen charity of the year Northsound Cash for Kids.

Baker Hughes 10K

Kimberley MacLennan, Trainee Solicitor took part in the Baker Hughes 10K race on 20th May. She managed to finish with a fantastic time of 57.02.

Kimberley McLennan with Northsound Cash for Kids after the Baker Hughes 10k

Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis Relay

After a week’s recovery Kimberley also took part in the Hairy Haggis Marathon Relay at the end of May with Jordan McCarter, Solicitor, Amy Shand, Trainee Solicitor and Neil Davidson, Associate. The team managed to smash their fundraising target for both the Baker Hughes 10K and Hairy Haggis Relay, raising a fantastic £540.00 for Northsound Cash for Kids.

Digby Brown's Aberdeen team take on the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Hairy Haggis Relay

Tough Mudder

Lastly, Amy Morgan from our Aberdeen office took on Tough Mudder on 16th June. She completed the 10-mile course which included over 20 obstacles ranging from crawling through mud to climbing a pyramid of hay bales. The challenge was worth it as Amy managed to beat her £100.00 fundraising target raising a grand total of £170.

Amy Morgan taking part in Tough Mudder for Northsound Cash for Kids

Overall the team managed to raise an amazing £710 for Northsound Cash for Kids, who are a local charity helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18 across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

Aberdeen office help raise over £10,000 for Cash for Kids

Solicitors and staff in our Aberdeen office were elated to present a cheque for £10,224.51 to their local charity partner for 2017, Cash for Kids. 

The cheque was presented to Michelle Ferguson, Charity Manager for Northsound Cash for Kids by the team from our Aberdeen office and Maria Robertson from the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen.

From running marathons to hosting a race night, the staff in the office have been incredibly busy fundraising along with the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen. They also registered as one of the collection points for Mission Christmas, where local people could leave gift donations to be given to local disadvantaged children on Christmas Day.

Prizes given out at the Aberdeen Race Night

Jordan McCarter from the Aberdeen Office takes on the Loch Ness Marathon

Donations in our Digby Brown Aberdeen office for Cash for Kids Mission Christmas

Northsound Cash for Kids

Cash for Kids raises money in the local area to help provide support to local disabled and disadvantaged children. The money raised is used to provide grants to individuals, families, children’s groups, organisations and projects as well as providing essentials for children in poverty.

Michelle Ferguson from Northsound Cash for Kids said:

“I am absolutely delighted to receive this huge donation from Digby Brown and the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen and cannot thank them enough for their brilliant fundraising. Northsound Cash for Kids supports sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and we can only do that through the help and kindness of others. This money will go into our next grant round and will help local children when they need it most. We fund groups and activities and often support children with the basics such as beds, bedding, clothes and specialist equipment for children with special needs.”

After the success of 2017, the team in our Aberdeen office are pleased to announce that they will be continuing to support Cash for Kids throughout 2018 as their chosen local charity.

Lisa Gregory, Partner and Head of the Aberdeen office said:

“As a team we are so proud to have raised such a significant amount of money for such a worthy local charity. Cash for Kids helps to support so many children and it is fantastic to know that every penny we have raised will be helping children in our local area.”

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Thousands raised in Edinburgh Marathon for local charities

Four of our offices decided to take part in this years’ Edinburgh Marathon Relay on Sunday 27th May – with one person running the half marathon - to raise money for local charity partners. In total, they have raised an incredible £2,702 with donations still coming in.

Edinburgh office fundraise for Fresh Start

This is the second year our Edinburgh office have taken part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival for charity partner Fresh Start, who help homeless people get started in their new homes and stay in their new accommodation. This year, the office decided to put forward two relay teams for the Edinburgh Marathon with one runner taking part in the half marathon.

The first relay team was Simon Hammond, Lyndsey Gardner, Kim Catterall and Ashley Sturrock and the second team included Edward Ferguson, Catherine Hammond, Hollie Dilasser and Rachel Black. Donald Mackay ran the half marathon in 2 hours and 11 minutes. Together, they have raised £1,175 for Fresh Start.

Kim Catterall, Rachel Black and Edward Ferguson at the end of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival relay.

Pictured above: Kim Catterall, Rachel Black and Edward Ferguson

Edinburgh office:

“We had two relay teams of four people and one running the half marathon on Sunday. For some, this was the first time they had run such a distance but the support on the day from members of the public who came along to cheer on all the runners really pushed everyone on.

“Fresh Start is a charity close to our hearts and we are delighted to say we have raised almost £1,200 with donations still coming in. We hope this can help homeless people get settled into new homes to help end the cycle of homelessness.”

Digby Brown Kirkcaldy run for Frontline Fife

This is also the second time that the Kirkcaldy office has taken part in the Edinburgh Marathon Relay, but this time it is for charity Frontline Fife, their new charity partner for 2018/19.

Frontline Fife are a charity based in Kirkcaldy who aim to end homelessness in the Fife area by offering support to people to help them keep their home and prevent homelessness.

The Kirkcaldy relay team was Innes Laing, Ryan Smith, Adelle Walker and Claire Thomson and they raised £522 so far for Frontline Fife with donations still coming in. The office already held a charity quiz night earlier this year which raised over £600 and have planned their next fundraiser - a charity race night on 25th October. For more details, please contact shona.ewing@digbybrown.co.uk

The Kirkcaldy relay team at the end of the Edinburgh Marathon: Claire Thomson, Adelle Walker, Innes Laing and Ryan Smith

Pictured above: Claire Thomson, Adelle Walker, Innes Laing and Ryan Smith

Kirkcaldy office:

"The relay was a great experience, which made all the training worthwhile. The money that the team raised for Frontline Fife helps them continue with the vital work they do in the local Kirkcaldy area. Thanks to everyone who donated to support this great local charity.”

Dundee office fundraise for Food Train

The Dundee office are keen runners and have previously taken part in the Tough Mudder and Santa fun run for charities.

The office also had two relay teams taking part this year with Chris Ritchie, Alasdair Dunlop, Jennifer Watson and Steph Reid in one, and Claudia McEachen, Sarah Douglas, Euan Robertson and Matthew Keogh in the second. They raised £465 for charity partner Food Train.

Food Train provide support services, delivered by volunteers, to help older people live independently at home for as long as possible. This can range from food shopping to offering befriending services.

The Dundee relay teams after completing the Edinburgh Marathon

Pictured above: Sarah Douglas, Chris Ritchie, Jennifer Watson, Claudia McEachen, Euan Robertson, Matthew Keogh and Alasdair Dunlop

"The Hairy Haggis Relay was a great experience for the Digby Brown Dundee teams. It brought us all closer together knowing that our hard work and dedication was helping raise money for our great charity partner, the Food Train. We were delighted with our performance on the day and to have raised a significant amount of money for the Food Train. Thank you so much to all who kindly donated."

Aberdeen runs for Cash for Kids

Our Aberdeen office are on a running extravaganza as they have already taken on the 10k Baker Hughes Challenge and put forward a relay team with Neil Davidson, Jordan McCarter, Kimberley MacLennan and Amy Shand. In June, they also plan to take part in the Tough Mudder. So far, they have raised £540 for Northsound Cash for Kids, a charity helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18 across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Amy Shand, Kimberley MacLennan and Neil Davidson after completing the relay at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Pictured above: Amy Shand, Kimberley MacLennan and Neil Davidson

“We are no Mo Farahs, but we gave it our best effort and are very pleased with our result! More importantly, we are delighted with the sum of money we have raised for Cash for Kids. We know that all the funds raised make such a difference in the local community. Thank you to everyone for their generous donations."

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