Law firm donates share of partner profits to homeless charity

(from left) Simon Massey, Valerie Harty, Patricia Jackson and Derek McCulloch

Scottish law firm Gillespie Macandrew has made charitable awards worth a collective £28,000 to two Scottish charities which work with children and young people.

Cheques were presented by CEO Chris West and energy partner Derek McCulloch to the firm’s nominated charities, Children in Scotland and the Rock Trust as part of Gillespie Macandrew’s Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

The partners in the firm donate 1 per cent of their pre-tax profits to charity, this year amounting to two awards, each worth £14,000.

Representatives from both organisations were invited to Gillespie Macandrew’s office in Edinburgh to collect the donations in person, with Simon Massey, Patricia Jackson and Valerie Harty receiving the cheque on behalf of Children in Scotland and Katriona Harding and Jill MacLennan on behalf of the Rock Trust.

Children in Scotland works across Scotland assisting children young people and families while the Rock Trust operates in Edinburgh and the Lothians with young people between the ages of 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

In addition to financial donations, the firm gives all staff a full day each year to volunteer their time to become directly involved in the charities’ activities.

Chris West, CEO of Gillespie Macandrew, said: “Gillespie Macandrew is highly committed to supporting our charity partners through the efforts of our hard working CSR Committee and the individual and collective contributions of staff and partners. Today’s specific donations are a direct result of the generosity of the partners of Gillespie Macandrew and Hunters Residential.

“The partners are highly supportive of the current policy of making available 1 per cent of their profits for charitable purposes. These awards reflect the very good year the firm had in 2015/16 and the partners are delighted to share some of this success with our valued charity partners.”

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