Earlier this year, Brodies trainees David Thornton and Kieran McLaughlin, together with Malcolm Mackay (Partner, Insurance & Risk), ran the RunBalmoral 10k and hosted a pub quiz in aid of our charity partner, Maggie’s Centres.


The self-acclaimed ‘Brodies Boilers’ began their fundraising efforts with a breakfast roll morning in the Aberdeen office.

With chef Mackay at the helm, David and Kieran noted down their colleagues’ orders and, armed with sachets of ketchup and brown sauce, brought the freshly prepared rolls directly to desks – that’s what you call service!

Living up to their name, the Brodies Boilers donned their fluorescent boiler suits and hard hats and set out on a sunny spring morning through the grounds of Balmoral Estate.

Boiler suits and sunshine proved to be an uncomfortable combination (particularly on the infamous ‘hill of death’) but the trio battled through to the finish line admirably.

The boiler suits were so eye-catching that a team picture was featured in the Press & Journal, Aberdeen’s local newspaper, the following morning. This provided fantastic publicity for Maggie’s presence in the north-east of Scotland, as well as Brodies’ long standing and continued partnership with the charity.

Pub Quiz

Following the success of RunBalmoral, David and Kieran teamed up again to organise and host a pub quiz at the Holburn Bar to add to the £886 already raised.

The event was a great success, with tables taken by organisations including PwC, Deloitte and Ledingham Chalmers, as well as by Brodies staff, their friends and family.

Thanks to the very generous raffle prizes donated by Brodies staff and a late surge in ticket sales, David and Kieran raised a total of £670 from the evening – bringing the grand total for one month of fundraising to £1,556.

All funds went directly to the Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen, which is one of many centres around the UK providing free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, their family and friends. You can find out more about Maggie’s and the invaluable work that they do here.

David Thornton

David Thornton

Trainee Solicitor at Brodies LLP
David Thornton