Martin is the Managing Director of Edinburgh based PR firm, Tartan Silk, and has been a supporter of Waverley Care for around 20 years. He has pledged a legacy gift in his will to Waverley Care and is keen to encourage others to lend their support.
Why did you first become involved with Waverley Care?
I had witnessed the excellent services that Waverley Care was offering and I wanted to contribute to that work and give something back to the local community.
Which of Waverley Care’s services stands out to you the most?
Definitely the Befriending Service. When people are feeling vulnerable, such as when they’re diagnosed HIV or Hepatitis C positive, they need someone to talk to; someone who will be there and who they can rely on. If I were HIV positive and had to use Waverley Care’s services then I think I this is the service I would benefit from most. I have to highlight Milestone though too at the moment. It provides an amazing service.
Why do you encourage other people to support Waverley Care?
I think it is important to support charities where you can see the work being carried out. Also, there are a lot of people in the gay community who, I believe, should consider leaving a gift to Waverley Care in their will, particularly as most don’t have children to consider. It is a difficult thing for people to think about but it is certain that we will all die one day and it is therefore necessary. People should be clear about what should be done with their assets at the end of their life.
Tell us a bit more about you – What is your favourite film?
Out of Africa. I adore Meryl Streep. I once found myself next to her on a ski lift in America and we had a brief but memorable conversation about the weather and skiing.
Who inspires you?
Those who inspire me most are the young members of my team at work who are always coming up with new ideas and concepts. Currently we discuss a lot to do with social media which is very important for communications and communicating effectively.
Name 3 things you’d love to do in life?
My passions are travel and art. I’m already painting so, for travel, I would have to say visiting Patagonia, Visiting New Zealand, where I spent the first 10 years of my life but where I haven’t been back to, and a round-the-world trip.