Amongst all the doom and gloom, isn’t it great to hear some positive news? Despite the credit crunch and severe economic downturn, local solicitors Wards, based in Bristol were amongst those all over the UK who volunteered their time and skill during November 2008 to write fee free Wills to raise money for the 9 Will Aid charities. Their generosity, hard work and dedication has certainly paid off.
Early indications show that the recent Will Aid campaign was the most successful ever. To date, more than £870,000 (including Gift Aid) has been received. This is already higher than the previous campaign’s total of £732,000 and money is still coming in steadily.
The Wills & Probate team at Wards, who carried out the work, are absolutely delighted at this achievement. Partner Jenny Pierce, says:
“We have taken part in Will Aid for the last 3 campaigns and have raised over £3500 in total. This year we raised £2725, making this our most successful year yet. We are delighted to have raised so much money for the Will Aid charities to help fund their vital work here in the UK and around the world helping people to transform their lives. We are also pleased that the campaign has encouraged so many local people to write their Will and so save families and loved ones from the strain of intestacy.”
This money will be put to work by the Will Aid charities to make a real and immediate difference to the lives of people in need in the UK and around the world.
Shirley Marsland, Will Aid Campaign Manager, said:
“We are very grateful to the generous solicitors who worked so hard for Will Aid. They consistently exceed our expectations and are a wonderful example of what can be achieved with hard work and enthusiasm. We’d also like to thank all those members of the public who were motivated to make their Will with Will Aid. The money they donated will make a real difference to the lives of children, families and the elderly in need around the world. We would like to remind all those, both solicitors and will-makers, who may have missed out on Will Aid 2008 that the scheme will be running again this November.”