Charity support and corporate social responsibility are at the core of the McLaws Consultancy Ltd.
Ally has personally raised almost £50,000 in the past few years for charities such as Clic Sargent and the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity among others. Click on the icons for more details.
He has been an active volunteer director of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and is proud to have been part of the team who raised £21m to build and open Glasgow’s stunning new hospice in Bellahouston Park.
He also served as a volunteer board member and latterly as chairman of the board of the NHS Scotland and North England Credit Union for seven years helping to rebrand and market the business resulting in it becoming the fastest growing credit union in the UK and helping individuals and families become more financially stable.
Creating a fitting memorial
For several months, Ally McLaws has been an active member of the Steering Group which is masterminding the creation of a memorial garden in Glasgow's Pollok Park to all victims of Coronavirus in Scotland.
The campaign was launched by The Herald newspaper with the aim of raising funds to build the garden and a stone cairn - creating a peaceful place where people can simply sit and think of their relatives. Glasgow City Council has donated land in Pollok Park to house the memorial, and on the first anniversary of the original Co-vid lockdown, campaigners marked the occasion by identifying the site for the fully fledged memorial and creating a temporary place of reflection while plans firm up for a significant permanent installation.
Click on the image to see a short video that captures the essence of what the Herald Garden of Remembrance initiative is all about:
Ally described it as "an honour" to be playing play a part in the tremendous project. He added: "To be part of something so poignant is very special."
The idea for the stone cairn as the centrepiece of the garden stemmed from a memorial created in Cathcart Old Parish Church, to help bereaved families. Church minister, Rev Neil Galbraith, Herald Gardening Columnist Dave Allan - and Ally were among initial members of the steering group, which has drawn widespread support since its launch.
The campaign has been backed by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, while the workforce of Glasgow business HCS Mechanical and Electrical was so moved by the death of a colleague to the disease that they pledged £5000 to the fund.
If you want to contribute to the campaign, you can do so by clicking the donate button or by posting a cheque to: The Herald Garden of Remembrance Campaign, Herald and Times, 125 Fullarton Drive, Glasgow G32 8FG. Cheques should be made payable to The Herald.
Ally, who is undergoing his own battle against lung cancer, also writes a
pro-bono weekly column in The Herald on Sunday to help support others going through cancer treatment.
You will be able to read the columns on this page after they have appeared in the newspaper. Just hover over the thumbnail to read details, and then click to access the relevant article.
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