Nine charities are set to benefit from a share of £1.1 million after solicitors across the UK took part in Will Aid, the national charity will-writing campaign.
More than 700 firms nationwide took part in Will Aid 2017, volunteering their time and waiving their fees during November to write thousands of basic wills for people, instead only asking for a voluntary donation.
One company – Fussell Wright in Bristol – has taken part in the scheme since it launched 1988 and this year raised £12,167.
This brings the total they have raised in the last 29 years to £113,000, making it the highest donating law firm ever.
Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, said: “Will Aid relies on the generosity of the solicitors involved who dedicate a portion of their time during November every year to help raise a staggering amount of money to help vulnerable people and communities in the UK and around the world.
“Their efforts also benefit thousands of local people, providing them with the safety and security of a professionally drawn-up will which will protect their loved ones in future.
“This year is our 30th anniversary and we are immensely proud of everything we have achieved in those three decades thanks to the dedication and commitment from solicitors like those at Fussell Wright Solicitors.”
The donations raised in 2017 will benefit the vital work of nine of the UK’s best love charities - ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire.
In addition to the money raised from donations, a large number of people opted to include the Will Aid charities in their wills.
Mr de Vena Franks said: “Taking the opportunity to provide support to a favourite charity by making a gift in your will makes a huge difference to those organisations and the millions of people they support.
“We are very thankful for those who choose to support charity in this way.”
The Will Aid scheme will run again in November 2018. People are being encouraged to sign up now via the Will Aid website to be alerted when appointments are available.
Case study: Fussell Wright
A law firm based on Queen Charlotte Street in Bristol have taken the title of top fundraising firm ever for charity will-writing scheme Will Aid.
Fussell Wright Solicitors has taken part in every Will Aid scheme since it launched in 1988 and has raised £113,000, making it the top fundraising firm for Will Aid in the country.
Michael Dickman, partner at the firm, said: “We always look forward to starting (and finishing) Will Aid. Phone calls start coming as early as August and we often start in September and run through till Christmas – that’s why our result is so successful.
“Not only have we helped the nine charities involved but our private client team has written hundreds of wills for people in our community in the last 29 years.
“Preparing this valuable piece of paperwork with a professional brings with it a certain peace of mind.
“We look forward to getting involved again this year which is Will Aid’s 30th birthday. It would be great to make that a double celebration and for us to raise more this year than we have in any other previous campaign.”
Fiona Daborn from Christian Aid paid the firm a visit today to present them with a certificate to thank them for their achievement.
She said: “The team at Fussell Wright Solicitors have really embraced the Will Aid scheme and all their time and hard work will translate into transformed lives for those living in poverty across the world.
“Thanks to the donations from Will Aid we can make a real difference. Just £150 could pay for a pack of medical equipment for doctors and nurses in Kenya to safely deliver babies, while £95 could pay for training and seeds for 50 women in a mother-to-mother support group to help them grow more food for their families.”