Law firms across the UK have raised over £125,000,000 for nine charities by writing wills. Will Aid, as the charity drive is known, is offered by more than 1,000 firms nationwide. For one month, solicitors waive their fees for writing a will and in exchange the client is invited to make a donation to charity. In 2016, almost 13,000 wills were written under the scheme.
The charities which stand to benefit are ActioNAid, AGE UK, the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire.
Will Aid was founded in 1988 and runs every November. The scheme is set to run again this coming November, and promotion is already underway. The Will Aid website already allows signs-ups to appointments.
The campaign director for Will Aid, Peter de Venka, said the money will help vulnerable people in the UK and beyond.
“The solicitors involved have helped provide safety and security to the thousands of people who used the scheme and now have a professionally drawn up will,” he said. “The generosity and enthusiasm of our participating solicitors has helped our campaign reach far and wide and I would like to thank them for putting in such a tremendous effort this year.”
The chairman of Will Aid, James Tarleton thanked the solicitors and all users of the scheme for their contribution.
“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.”