The Edinburgh office of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is joining the COVID-19 emergency response and has pledged support to a number of charities across the city.

The firm made significant donations to two local food banks, the Edinburgh North West food bank and the Edinburgh North East food bank. The foodbanks are part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks across the nation, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities.

The firm also donated to St Columba's Hospice, which provides critical inpatient care and delivers essential services in the community, and to the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity for their Sick Kids Emergency Appeal, which in the face of the pandemic is working closely with NHS Lothian to support those visiting the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Philip Knight, Partner in WBD's Edinburgh office, commented:

"We pride ourselves on being a good neighbour and strongly believe that successful businesses should play an essential role in supporting local communities. At this time of national crisis, it was important for us to step up and help the organisations and charities who are all doing a phenomenal job in the COVID-19 response. We are humbled by the fantastic support organisations across Edinburgh and Scotland are providing to ensure those who are sick are looked after and that families can continue to put food on the table."

The donations in Edinburgh are part of a firm wide COVID-19 emergency response fund set up by WBD to support the organisations that need it the most across the UK. WBD is heavily involved in a comprehensive responsible business programme, supporting a number of charities across its eight UK offices.