Burness Paull staff help raise £16,500 for charity partner
Staff at Burness Paull have raised thousands of pounds for their charity partner over the last 12 months, helping to support people living with mental illness.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) was chosen as a charity partner by staff at the law firm and since early 2014, employees across the three offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow have raised nearly £16,500 for the organisation.
SAMH helps anyone affected by mental health problems. Since 1923 they have been working across Scotland to promote mental health and support people in their recovery. SAMH does this through community based services, campaigning for change, programmes on suicide prevention and sport, and raising funds to continue this work.
A total of £16,409.08 was raised via a number of internal and external events run by staff at Burness Paull.
Cake sales, dress down days, charity lunches, raffles, 10k runs, auctions, a golf challenge and even a pub quiz were all organised to help reach the final amount.
Lindsay Wallace, director of knowledge & risk management at Burness Paull, (pictured) said: “We are delighted to have raised so much for SAMH. The generosity of our staff in terms of their involvement, their time in organising events and their overall financial support is testament to the ethos of the firm”.
“Our support for SAMH has now come to an end and we hope that our efforts will have gone some way in helping to make a difference to the lives of those living with mental health issues and to the great work that the organisation is doing in Scotland.”
Jillian Schofield, head of fundraising at SAMH said: “We are very grateful to the team at Burness Paull for all the funds they have raised on behalf of SAMH. This is a testament to how seriously we should look after our mental health, both in and outside of the workplace.
“Each year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. If you don’t experience problems yourself, the chances are you know someone who does.
“Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, so taking the time to learn new skills and participate in social activities is a great way of increasing confidence and wellbeing.