JAMIE Davidson, an associate director with chartered accountants and business advisers Baker Tilly, has won a national award for his charity work.
Mr Davidson, 32, helped raise more than £20,000 last year through a range of different initiatives as well as giving up his time to take part in numerous charity activities both in the UK and abroad.
Originally from Ayrshire, he has been based in Baker Tilly’s Edinburgh office in Fountainbridge for about nine years.
In April 2012, he went to the Philippines with four friends to build five houses in two weeks with charity Philippine Community Fund (PCF), which works to tackle poverty and end child labour. He later got an e-mail to confirm that a local joiner had completed building the sixth house which was funded out of the £10,000 the team raised.
Mr Davidson acted as manager for a Dragon’s Glen Children 1st Challenge in the Capital. “We entered a team from work and designed a website to showcase family-friendly places to visit in Edinburgh. We came runner-up in the Most Future Promise category.”
In August last year, he helped raise £4275 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of a Baker Tilly team of 14 by completing Tough Mudder.
He said: “I was particularly happy to support Macmillan as my gran was a big supporter for many years before she passed away. She would take me and my cousins out to pick brambles so that she could make large batches of bramble jelly to sell at local coffee mornings and to family and friends.”
And in November, he helped raise £1000 for British Association for Adoption and Fostering by walking on fire three times.
He also runs a week-long Sunday School camp each year for about 25 children and sponsors children overseas.
Baker Tilly recognised his efforts with an award for the employee who demonstrates the most dedication to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mr Davidson, who lives at Gardner’s Crescent in Fountainbridge, said he could not have achieved as much without the support of colleagues. “When I was raising money they were 100 per cent behind me.”
To celebrate his win, Jamie has been given £1000 to donate to a charity of his choice in his honour, and he has chosen to split that between good causes in the Philippines and his church in Ayrshire.