Local firms contribute to record total for Will Aid campaign

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TWO MONTROSE solicitors’ firms have helped raised almost £1,000 between for charity as part of the annual Will Aid campaign.

Scott Alexander raised £360, while T. Duncan & Co., realised £595 to help support nine charities including ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, the NSPCC, Save the Children and Sightsavers.

Nationally, solicitors raised a record £1.5 million by volunteering their time and waiving fees to write wills and the fund raised are being put to work by the Will Aid charities to make an immediate difference to the lived of people in need in the UK and abroad.

Iain McAndrew, head of legacies with Save the Children, said there had been an enthusiastic response to this year’s campaign, which was held in November, with many people contacting their local solicitor to write a will and reporting that the campaign had given them the final push they needed to writ their will.

He said: “All too often people put off making a will fearing it will be complicated or expensive. Through Will Aid local people found that solicitors are caring and approachable.

“Everyone benefits - the will-makers have the peace of mind of knowing that their affairs are in order and the solicitors are introduced to new clients.

“Last November’s campaign was the most successful to date and we are delighted that so many people were able to have their will written by a professional solicitor and that such a huge sum of money was raised for the Will Aid charities.

“On behalf of the participating charities, I would like to publicly thank everyone who helped make Will Aid 2010 such a success. It is a real achievement to have raised this enormous sum in just a few weeks. The participating charities are really grateful for the life-saving work this makes possible.”

Will Aid campaign manager Shirley Marsland also said there are hopes of attracting more solicitors for future events.

She said: “We are very grateful to the solicitors who worked so hard for Will Aid and to the public who responded so enthusiastically to the opportunity Will Aid offers them.

“The amount raised is phenomenal and demonstrates how giving people are of their time and money. This year, we look forward to recruiting more solicitors so that the public have even more opportunity to write or update their will and give vital funds to the Will Aid charities.”

The campaign will run again this November and more solicitors are needed locally to take part. Further information about how to register is available at http://www.willaid.org.uk or by calling 01460 271178.