Will Aid

Will Aid 2012 on course to raise £2.1 millionWill Aid 2012 on course to raise £2.1 million

Will Aid 2012 is on course to raise £2.1 million for the nine Will Aid charities.

This fantastic achievement is as a result of the tremendous hard work put in by solicitors, legal executives and support staff in more than 1,400 branches all over the UK and the generosity of around 24,000 people who were able to make a Will through the scheme during November’s campaign.  

Public interest in Will Aid continues to grow year on year, ensuring that participating solicitors were introduced to a large number of new clients, many of whom had never set foot in solicitor’s offices before. Despite the hard work, the majority of participating solicitors really enjoyed the experience and felt that it was of benefit to their business.

Quality Solicitors FJG with participating branch offices in Colchester, Billericay, Clacton and Chelmsford has raised around £16,000 by writing approximately 180 Wills for local clients. The firm has participated in Will Aid for many years and has raised almost £40,000 to date.

This amazing sum has made a real and lasting difference to the lives of those people in the UK and all over the world helped by the Will Aid charities. For example, the Happy Homes project, funded by ActionAid, consists of five ‘safe homes’ for over 150 girls who would otherwise be on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. One such girl was fifteen-year-old Aklima who lived with her family lived by the roadside. After a Happy Homes outreach worker saw her on the streets and told her about the centre, Aklima decided to move in there. She stayed for three years and then managed to get a job in embroidery. Life is much improved. She now lives with her family in a house, which they rent by combining her wages with her mother’s.

Kate Wombwell, Head of the Private Client team at Quality Solicitors FJG, commented on the successful campaign.

We are delighted to have raised so much for the Will Aid charities this year. Certainly the whole team here has worked hard to write as many Wills as we can, and the scheme is something both we and our clients are proud to be a part of. We would like to thank all of the clients who came to us and contributed so generously .We intend to take part again in November 2013 and hope to raise even more money for the Will Aid charities.”

Shirley Marsland, Will Aid Campaign Manager, responded to these fantastic results:

At Will Aid we do not underestimate the huge effort that solicitors put in to making the campaign a success. In writing so many Wills without charging a fee, they are having to forgo other paid work or are putting in a good deal of their own time. The same is true for their administrative and other support staff. It is a fantastic achievement, particularly in these difficult economic times.

When charity income is struggling too, the money raised is even more essential to the services provided by the Will Aid charities which transform the lives of people her in the UK and around the world.”