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A law firm in West Sussex is celebrating after raising £810 for nine of the best-loved charities as a result of taking part in the annual Will Aid will writing drive.
Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP solicitors, based in Pulborough, raised the money by giving up their time in November to write wills for local people in return for a voluntary donation to Will Aid.
This is the 13th year they have taken part in the scheme and they have raised a total of £15,352.
Probate Executive Stuart Alabaster said: “Our firm has embraced Will Aid with great enthusiasm.
“We are able to provide a high level of service to the local community that also benefits the Will Aid charities.
“Making a will means that the loved ones you leave behind know that you have given your affairs some thought.”
Will Aid has raised more than £21 million for charity since it launched 30 years ago.
James Tarleton, Chair of Will Aid said: “We are very grateful to the solicitors and all those that used the scheme, for their generous contribution.
“The nine partner charities use donations and legacies from will makers to reach people in crisis, both here in the UK and all around the world.
“As well as providing the suggested donation, many people who make their wills through Will Aid, use this opportunity to provide support to their favourite charities through a gift in their wills. These legacies make a great difference and we are very thankful for those who choose to support our work in this way.
“Solicitors raised an incredible amount of money in 2017, but we need more if we are to satisfy demand. Help us celebrate 30 years since the launch of Will Aid by signing up and donating your time in 2018. Being part of Will Aid will raise the profile of your firm in your local community and bring new clients to your door, all whilst supporting nine UK charities”
Law firms across the UK are being asked to pledge a portion of their time to write basic wills, with clients being asked for a voluntary donation instead. Any additional work to the will can be charged separately and is paid to the law firm.
The scheme takes place throughout November and supports nine of the UK’s best-loved charities - ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).
The suggested donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.
For more information about how to sign up visit www.willaid.org.uk/solicitors