Humanist Society launch crowdfunder campaign to support legal challenge costs

Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) launch crowdfunding appeal to support legal challenge against the Scottish Government.

At their largest ever annual Conference in Edinburgh Humanist Society Scotland have launched an ambitious new appeal for donations to support their legal challenge. The Society is working with CrowdJustice, a new crowdfunding platform built specifically for legal cases.

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The Humanist Society is hoping to raise up to £30,000 to cover the costs of the legal challenge, such as legal advice, administration charges, solicitor fees and eventually Court fees. However, under the terms of the crowdfunding platform, in order to get the case off the ground, HSS must raise at least £3,000 by 24th October otherwise it receives no funds at all.

Gary McLelland, Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Gary McLelland, Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Speaking after the launch of the appeal, Gary McLelland, HSS Head of Communications and Public Affairs, said:

“We are taking legal action against the Scottish Government to ensure that young people in Scotland have the right to opt-out of religious observance, the same as young people in England and Wales. The initial response to our legal challenge has been so positive, with backing from people all over Scotland.

“This is the most ambitious campaign we have ever embarked upon, and we need all the help we can get. We are a small charity, we receive no funding from the Government and rely on our members and supporters for funding.

We already trust young people with many important medical and life choices, this should be no different. We’re asking everyone in Scotland who supports the rights of young people to help us. Help us raise the funds we need, and spread the word.”

Julia Salasky, Founder and CEO of CrowdJustice, commented:

“CrowdJustice enables people to come together to access legal resources and achieve legal change, and so it’s exciting to see HSS mobilise so much support to bring a case that could have national, far-reaching impact.”


For more information contact Gary McLelland on 07813060713 or

For more information about the legal challenge, see here:

About HSS:

Humanist Society Scotland seeks to represent the views of people in Scotland who wish to lead ethical and fulfilling lives guided by reason, empathy and compassion. We provide a range of non-religious ceremonies and campaign for a secular state. HSS has over 14,000 members across Scotland.

About CrowdJustice:

CrowdJustice is a crowdfunding platform built specifically for legal cases. It gives people the tools to build a community around their case and gain financial and community support to help get their case to court.


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