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Will Aid return heads for £1.5m
The 2010 Will Aid campaign looks set to bring in a record amount, the organisers have announced.
The November campaign, under which participating solicitor firms prepared wills without charging a fee in return for the clients making an equivalent donation to charity, has so far raised over £1m (including Gift Aid) and donations will continue for many weeks yet. The final total is likely to reach at least £1.5m, compared with the 2009 total of £1.25m.
More than 1,100 solicitors all over the UK took part in the scheme, writing thousands of wills in the process. One London firm, Emma Rowe Solicitors of Newington Green, which took part for the first time, found itself writing 90 wills, raising over £7,000 for charity, after a local church helped publicise the initiative.
The nine charities benefiting from the campaign were ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Age UK, NSPCC, Save the Children UK, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).
Iain McAndrew, head of legacies at Save the Children and chair of Will Aid, said: “On behalf of the Will Aid charities, I would like to publicly thank all participating solicitors for their hard work and for being such enthusiastic supporters of Will Aid. It is a real achievement to have drafted so many wills for clients to raise this enormous sum in just a few weeks. The participating charities are really grateful for the life saving work this makes possible.”
The next campaign will run in November 2011. For more information and to register, go to www.willaid.org.uk or call 01460 271178.