A law firm which took part in the 2016 Will Aid Will writing campaign has broken through its fundraising target of £25,000.
Fidler & Pepper Solicitors, which has offices in Sutton-in-Ashfield and Mansfield, took part in the annual campaign, which raises money for some of the nation’s most loved charities, in November, and raised £3,735.
This is the eighth year Fidler & Pepper has taken part and means the firm, which specialises in Wills, trusts and probate matters, has now raised a total of £25,406 for WillAid.
Will Aid – a scheme where solicitors write basic Wills for their local community and instead of charging them a fee, ask for a donation to charity in exchange – took place all over the country throughout November 2016 and is looking to break through the £1 million pound target for 2016.
Richard Howard, who heads up the private client team at the firm, said: “We are extremely proud of our team for giving up their valuable time and using their skills for such a worthwhile cause.
“Will Aid is a superb initiative which targets the many people without a Will as well as helping nine incredible charities.
“This year not only did we raise more than any previous year, but we have reached the significant milestone of £25,000 since joining the campaign, which we are thrilled about.”
Will Aid has raised more than £17 million for charity since it launched more than 25 years ago.
Campaign director Peter de Vena Franks said: “One in three people die in the UK without making a will, potentially leaving their family and friends nothing but confusion and costly legal battles.
“Will Aid is a wonderful opportunity to not just make a will, but do it with the help of a professional with the added bonus of helping nine charities in the UK at the same time.
“2016 was a great year for the Will Aid charities with some fantastic firms giving up their time to raise staggering sums.
“However, our work is never complete and we’d love even more solicitors to get on board for 2017 to help us raise even more.
“Will Aid offers solicitors an excellent opportunity to give something back to the local community as well as achieving some publicity of their own. We are urging solicitors to sign up now for 2017 to make the most of the opportunity.”
Law firms across the county are being asked to pledge a portion of their time to write basic wills, with clients donating their fee. Any additional work to the will can be charged separately and is paid to the law firm.
The scheme supports nine of the UK’s best-loved charities – ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).
The recommended donation for a basic Will Aid Will is £95 for a single Will and £150 for a pair of mirror Wills.