Balfour+Manson raise over £5,200 for MS Society Scotland from April to June

Edinburgh Team

Edinburgh team

Balfour+Manson is proud to announce that they raised over £5,200 for MS Society Scotland between April and June this year. The staff have been extremely busy participating in a number of challenges and testing their stamina and nerves.

Partner Ann Logan, Finance Director Ronan Hennessy and Paralegal Susan Rae successfully walked or ran 5km’s a day for 50 days as part of the 5x50 Challenge starting on 27th March.

Solicitor Iain Thomson, Trainee Solicitor James Hyams and HR Administrator Anne Downie braved the dizzy heights of the Forth Rail Bridge to abseil for MS Society Scotland on Sunday 12th June. Despite the nerves they successfully ascended (SAS style!) the 165 foot drop.

HR Administrator Anne said "It was nerve wracking and exhilarating at the same time. The worst part was getting yourself over the edge of the bridge and then plucking up the courage to let go and put all your faith in the harness and two ropes that were between you and the beach below! It was a huge relief to have my feet back on terra firma.”

Aberdeen Team

Aberdeen team

On Sunday 19th June a team of hardy ladies from our Aberdeen office including, Partner Julie Clark-Spence, Solicitor Jenna Dicken and Legal Secretaries Debbie Beattie and Shona Sibbald took part in the Ythan Challenge - a multi-terrain adventure race in Ellon, north of Aberdeen. The course is around 11kms long and includes a number of obstacles including straw bales, killer hills, a river crossing and lots of mud!

Once back in more comfortable surroundings they also hosted a ladies fundraising evening at the Society of Advocates Library in Aberdeen raising over £1000 on that night alone.

Partner Julie said “We have all really enjoyed the challenge of our fundraising activities over the last month and it has created a great buzz around the office. While the Ythan Challenge was difficult at points there were a lot of laughs along the way! We are currently debating what to tackle next!”

Finally on 6th August Solicitors Stephanie McLaren and Jenna Dicken are taking on the challenge of a lifetime and conquering a 10,000ft tandem skydive. They have already surpassed their fundraising target of £900 with a month to go.

Commercial Solicitor Stephanie said “We are both very excited and terrified at the same time and can’t believe the support we have had from family, friends and colleagues so far. It will definitely give us the motivation we will need to take that leap!”

Elaine Motion, Chairman of Balfour+Manson commented: “I feel proud to have so many staff eager to take on challenges like these to fundraise and raise awareness of MS Society Scotland. A number of our colleagues’ close family and friends, as well as one of our own colleagues, is affected by MS so it is truly a charity close to many people’s hearts.”