Three charities which assist children and young people in Scotland have benefited from part of the profits of a Scottish law firm.

Gillespie Macandrew, which has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, has donated £24,000 to The Rock Trust, Children in Scotland and Rossie Young People’s Trust. The sum represents 1% of the firm's pre-tax profits. Staff at the firm also donated £1,880 raised through their own events after volunteering their time in support of the charities’ activities.

The Rock Trust, which works in Edinburgh and the Lothians with young people between the ages of 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, received £12,000. Children in Scotland, committed to assisting children, young people and families in Scotland, as well as organisations and businesses that have a significant positive impact on children’s lives, received £9,000. Rossie Young People’s Trust, based in Angus and which provides secure accommodation and tailor-made packages of care, including respite, crisis intervention or outdoor education to meet the specific needs of young people, received £3,000 for a specific project to build a Frisbee golf course on site.

Cheques to each of the charities were presented by the firm’s chairman Murray Shaw and private client partner Elspeth Paget at the firm’s Edinburgh office.

Chris West, CEO of Gillespie Macandrew, commented: “These charities do tremendous work and our partners and staff feel personally committed to supporting such important organisations. As a firm, we donate 1% of our pre-tax profits, provide everyone with some time to support these community related activities and staff raise funds for these and other good causes.

“We organise regular update sessions to ensure that our named charities have access to the legal guidance they require on a day-to-day basis, along with a free legal helpline for Children in Scotland. Our involvement in corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an important part of Gillespie Macandrew’s culture, supporting our values and our approach to business.”