Lawyers in Bedfordshire are being urged to raise money for charity by writing wills as part of a national month-long drive.

Legal firms across the county are being asked to sign up to Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country from 01-30 November 2016.

     The programme relies on solicitors to pledge their time and support for the cause which sees them provide the will writing service for free in return for a voluntary donation to charity from their client. The cash raised is split between nine of the UK’s best-loved charities.

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign manager for Will Aid said: “Will Aid 2015 was a fantastic success but we are really hoping 2016 will surpass that. “We want this year to be bigger and better than ever before. Here in Bedfordshire we’re looking for more solicitors to sign up to and donate their time, so we can help more and more people get their finances in order. Having a will is one of the most important, yet easiest things to tick off the to-do list and our charities benefit as a result!” Last year Will Aid raised more than £1million for charity.

In Bedfordshire, 2 solicitors firms signed up to the programme and between them raised £9,000.

     Sunil Kambli from Premier Solicitors in Bedford said: “We really enjoy taking part in Will Aid and are proud to be able to offer our solicitors’ time to write wills which have raised such fantastic sums for charity. Last year we

wrote over 40 wills. We are really looking forward to Will Aid 2016 and will be working hard to raise more than last year.” Across the UK, Will Aid Solicitors and their clients have contributed more than £17 million in donations and an estimated £95 million in legacy pledges since the campaign was founded over 25 years ago. The campaign is proud to have helped more than 300,000 people to write a proper will with a professional solicitor. As well as helping people to protect their loved ones by writing a will, Will Aid transforms the lives of thousands of people whose lives are characterised by deprivation, isolation and poverty.


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