Local Solicitors do well with Wills for charity

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Legal firm Breens Solicitors with offices in Southport and Waterloo have raised an amazing £2,850 for charity by taking part in the Will Aid scheme where they wrote Wills for local people and asked them only to consider making a donation to charity.

Ruth Tormey from Christian Aid paid the firm’s Southport branch a visit last week to present them with a certificate to show their fantastic achievement and to let them know how the money they raised will be spent. She said:

“Christian Aid really appreciates the hard work and generosity of everyone at Breens as well as the local people who came to make a will with Will Aid. The Will Aid scheme is really important to us not just because of the money raised through initial donations but also because Will Aid offers people the opportunity to leave a legacy gift. Legacies are hugely important to us and make a significant contribution to the work we do eradicating poverty and helping to change the systems and structures that keep people poor. A legacy of any size makes such a difference and helps to change lives all over the world.”

Faye Lowery, Solicitor, Victoria Anderson, Private Client and Later Life advisor, and colleagues at Breens Solicitors wrote 30 Wills during the month of November, generously giving their time for free for the whole month. Will Aid, now in its 27th year, is a charity scheme that raises money for nine charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, Sightsavers, Age UK, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland). The money raised is spent helping vulnerable people here in the UK and abroad.

As well as raising funds for the Will Aid charities, the scheme helps to ensure that people in this area have a professionally drawn up Will. A Will is a vital document for every adult no matter their age. Not only does it ensure that a person’s money and possessions are distributed as they wish but it means that they have a say in who looks after any children they may have if something should happen to them before those children reach 18.

Faye and Victoria from Breens Solicitors said:

“We were delighted to take part in such a highly regarded national scheme. There is a broad spectrum of charities both national and international and hearing from Ruth let us know what the funds could achieve for Christian Aid which is great. We are glowing with pride that we have achieved 4th in the new participating solicitor national league table. It is always a good idea to write a Will and Will Aid is a good opportunity to ensure your affairs are in order whilst benefiting charities.”

This year’s Will Aid has been a great success with the total funds raised so far reaching an impressive £1.1M for the nine charities. Peter de Vena Franks, Campaign Director, is delighted with how solicitors and will makers have responded to the scheme. He said:

“Over the years, the Will Aid campaign has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities and this year was no exception. Thanks to the support and commitment of local solicitors that took part in this year’s Will Aid, many people both in the UK and abroad will receive life changing support from the nine wonderful charities. And local people who used the scheme have the peace of mind knowing their affairs are in order thanks to having a professionally drawn up Will.

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the solicitors and will makers in this area and let them know that thanks to them, lives will change for the better and people who need it will continue to receive the help and support that the charities work so hard to provide.

Will Aid will run again in November 2016. Solicitors and anyone who wants to make a Will can find out more at the websitewww.willaid.org.uk


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