A Christmas charity campaign has been launched by the Law Society of Scotland in support of the Lawscot Foundation.

For every donation made at the Society’s Edinburgh office or through the Lawscot Foundation website, a new bauble featuring the name of the donor will be added to the Society’s Christmas tree.

Foundation trustee Laura Butcher made the first donation as part of this year’s Baublefest campaign.

The person or organisation making the largest donation will be invited, along with a guest, to the Society's dinner on Friday 26 January and their name will be displayed on the Christmas tree star.

The Baublefest campaign first ran in December 2016 to raise funds for the new charity, set up earlier that year to provide financial and mentoring support to students from less advantaged backgrounds and drive fair and equal access to the legal profession.

Ms Butcher commented: "I am absolutely thrilled to be the first donor in this year’s Baublefest. I became a trustee of the Lawscot Foundation earlier this year because I am passionate that academically gifted and driven people should be able to pursue their chosen careers, without their financial situations getting in the way.

"The Lawscot Foundation will make this a reality for a small number of deserving individuals and of course, the more money we raise, the more people we can support."

Last year's campaign generated over £2,500, equivalent to the level of financial support given by the Foundation to one student for a year. In 2017 the Foundation has awarded bursaries to eight talented and deserving students, who otherwise would have struggled to realise their ambitions to study law.

Click here for the website donation page.