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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Over £2,000 raised for Cash for Kids at Aberdeen race night

Our Aberdeen office organised a race night in aid of Northsound Cash for Kids last Thursday.

The night took place in the Duthie Suite in The Holburn Bar and the team managed to raise an outstanding £2,305.

There were a number of great prizes for the winners of each race, with races sponsored by Ampersand and Arnot Manderson and the final race sponsored by Alex Quinn and Partners with a prize of a £100 John Lewis voucher up for grabs.

the team from Digby Browns Aberdeen office at their race night

As well as the racing, the team put on a raffle where guests could win a round of golf at Cullen Golf, a £50 voucher for Slaters Menswear and a cheese hamper to name a few of the prizes.

Michelle Ferguson from Northsound Cash for Kids said: “We are absolutely delighted that Digby Brown are fundraising for Northsound Cash for Kids, we support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and we can only do that through the help and kindness of others.

"The money raised 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.”

Neil Davidson, Partner in our Aberdeen office said: “This was a truly fantastic evening and we thoroughly enjoyed putting together this event to support Northsound Cash for Kids.

“I would like to say a special thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests who helped us raise an incredible amount for this great charity – we couldn’t have done it without you.”

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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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