Local charities get helping hand from FACBA

02 Aug

THE Faculty of Advocates Criminal Bar Association (FACBA) has donated to several charities that support people struggling with homelessness; vulnerable youth and those battling cancer. 

Kenneth Cloggie from FACBA said: “The Scottish Bar is keenly aware of the struggles faced by some community members, as well as those battling potentially terminal illnesses. FACBA is keen to play a part where it can in support of charities that provide help and hope to the people who need their services most. We hope that these donations can assist, in some small way, to allow these agencies to continue their valuable work.” 

Sense Scotland and Who Cares? Scotland each received a  £1 000 donation from FACBA. 

Sense Scotland assists people with communication support needs associated with complex and sensory disabilities, and their families. “We are grateful to FACBA for recognising us and the important work we do. This donation will help support our charitable services across Scotland, and assist us to meet the needs of the people we support and their families,” said Angela Bonomy, CEO of Sense Scotland. 

Who Cares? Scotland works with care experienced young people and care leavers. 


FACBA also donated £500 to both the Lodging House Mission and Beatson Cancer Charity. 

The Lodging House Mission offers care and support to homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded people to help them get their lives back on track. It provides educational opportunities and recreational activities, food, essential facilities such as showers, telephone, internet access and access to support staff, counsellors and chaplaincy services. It also often provides laundry services to rough sleepers. 

Operations Manager June Macleod said the charity is constantly looking at ways to extend its services. Recent additions to its range of recreational activities include setting up a pop-up pitch for younger community members to enjoy a “kick about and enjoy an inclusive, fun activity in a safe and welcoming environment. Donations like the one we received from FACBA make it possible for us to extend services like this to even more people feeling excluded and unhappy,” she said. 

Beatson Cancer Charity believes that no one should face cancer on their own. Thousands of patients have received assistance and care at the Wellbeing Centre Beatson Cancer Charity. “We are so grateful for this wonderful donation from FACBA,” said CEO Martin Cawley. “Donations like this allow us to work on developing new services to enhance the care and support cancer patients and their families receive during their cancer journey. Thank you to everyone at FACBA who helped raise this fantastic amount of money.”