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Solicitors work flat out for new mums


By Staff Reporter- NOSN

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Bruce de Wert handing the cheque for £2920 to Maria Aitken, Ron Gunn, Ashley Miller and Derek Bremner of Caithness Health Action Team. Looking on are some of Georgesons Solicitors’ Wick staff – (from left) Kimberley Mackay, Mark Leale, Helen McDonald, Karen Gunn, Iona Ferrier and Emma MacDonald. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Bruce de Wert handing the cheque for £2920 to Maria Aitken, Ron Gunn, Ashley Miller and Derek Bremner of Caithness Health Action Team. Looking on are some of Georgesons Solicitors’ Wick staff – (from left) Kimberley Mackay, Mark Leale, Helen McDonald, Karen Gunn, Iona Ferrier and Emma MacDonald. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

NEW mums in Caithness will benefit from the public-spirited efforts of staff at a local legal firm.

The team at Georgesons Solicitors raised more than £2900 during Wills Week and presented the money to Caithness Health Action Team.

It will be used to purchase lie-flat car seats so that parents can safely transport their newborn babies home from hospital in Inverness.

Bruce de Wert, the firm’s principal, explained that when he heard of the distress of mothers having to travel back from Raigmore by car with their new arrivals potentially at risk, he felt he had to do something.

“The problem is that newborns cannot sit in car seats without compressing their lungs and it is a long way from Inverness to Caithness,” he said.

People were very excited at the thought of helping newborn children and so were we.

And so, during this year’s Wills Week, staff worked for nothing while the clients who made wills contributed to the charity. The total raised for Chat was £2920.

“We had a fabulous response,” Mr de Wert said. “People were very excited at the thought of helping newborn children and so were we. This is one of the best responses we have had.”

Chat chairman Bill Fernie said: “Such a generous donation from Georgesons is very much appreciated – not just for the scale of it, but because it shows strong local support for our volunteers.

“They are always looking for ways to highlight issues relating to mothers, babies and families in Caithness.

“We feel it is important at a time when there are so many cuts in public services that we can hold the right people to account and we will continue to try and represent those to all the relevant bodies and politicians."



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