For many years, we have been working closely with a number of charities to support them both financially and practically. We are proud to say that as Digby Brown grows, so too does our ethos of giving something back and playing an active role in communities around Scotland.
In 2016, we were named Corporate Social Responsibility Firm of the Year at the Law Awards 2016 and the Scott & Co. Legal Awards have recognised our work in this area as well – Digby Brown won the Community Contribution Award in both 2014 and 2015.
Below is just a flavour of the inspirational charities and organisations we support and some of the work we do together:
Every year, we have a Charity of the Year, chosen by Digby Brown staff. In 2014/15, this has been Asbestos Action. The charity supports sufferers of asbestos-related conditions and their families across Scotland with access to legal and welfare advice as well as running carers and support groups.
Digby Brown colleagues from our Dundee office and across the country have taken part in a raft of fundraising activities and we supported the charity in raising the profile of asbestos related conditions and the dangers of asbestos.
Our Industrial Disease team at Digby Brown has close links with Clydebank Asbestos Group, a Scottish charity set up in 1992 to help asbestos sufferers and bereaved relatives.
Our Charity of the year for 2013/2014 was Bobath Scotland, a charity which provides therapy for people living with cerebral palsy.
We continue to support Bobath in a number of ways including their first ever World Cerebral Palsy Day conference in October 2014, which was attended by over 200 people and expert professionals in the field. Digby Brown are supporting the second annual conference to be held on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at Radisson Blu in Glasgow. To register for this conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digby Brown’s Winter Dinner Dance for Spinal Injuries Scotland has been running for 12 years and is the highlight of our fundraising calendar. A record breaking £81,350 was raised at this year’s dinner, with every penny raised going to the charity.
Every year this event is a real team effort between staff members and partners of Digby Brown, Clinical and support staff at the Spinal Injuries unit at the Southern General Hospital and staff and members of Spinal Injuries Scotland. The event has now raised over £500,000 to support this inspirational organisation.
As part of the Digby Brown’s ongoing support and commitment to those affected by a spinal cord injury in Scotland, the firm sponsor the Caledonian Crushers, Glasgow’s wheelchair rugby club. The firm has arranged for members of the Scottish Rugby team to attend a training session with the Crushers and Digby Brown staff members have also taken part in games.
Horatio's Garden offers a tranquil place outside for patients with a spinal cord injury to go to with their families and friends. Digby Brown are supporting their events and activities programme for patients at the Scottish National Spinal Injuries Unit.
The Child Brain Injury Trust supports children, their families and professionals and helps the families come to terms with what has happened. Digby Brown provide a range of support to help this charity, including our staff volunteering to help put on three family day trips throughout the year.
Compass BISL provide specialist services for adults, children and young people with acquired brain injury (ABI) within the Dumfries and Galloway area. Digby Brown provide legal services to members such as advice about benefits and securing compensation.
We have held Head Injury Information Days across Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries. Head Injury Information Days bring together people living with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers, along with organisations and professionals working in the field.
We support Brake, the road safety charity in its work to reduce the needless injuries and deaths on our roads as a result of road traffic accidents. Fraser Simpson, Partner in Digby Brown, volunteers as Brake’s Scottish spokesperson and we have supported Brake’s Road Safety Awareness Week activities and Rural Road Safety campaigns among others.
2014 was an amazing year for Scotland, one of the highlights of which was the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. We were proud to play our part, supporting and sponsoring John Paul, a terrific young Scottish cyclist, throughout the year. John competed for Scotland in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the games before going on to be crowned Scottish Sprint and Keirin champion at our national championship.
For 2016/17, we decided to have each of our seven offices nominate a local charity partner for the year.