Over £4,000 raised for charity by solicitors Will Aid

Laura Brown of Calthrops Solicitors with John Colhurst from the Red Cross

Laura Brown of Calthrops Solicitors with John Colhurst from the Red Cross

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A law firm has raised an more than £4,000 for charity through the annual Will Aid scheme.

Calthrops Solicitors LLP, based at 11 Market Place in Spalding, raised £4,665 last year, 2016, bringing their total since they started participating in Will Aid to £14,553. The month-long fundraising initiative asks lawyers to write wills for local people in exchange for a donation.

Laura Brown, trainee Legal Executive at the firm, said: “We are thrilled to have raised a fantastic amount for a great cause”.

“Taking part in Will Aid has enabled us to give something back to our community and nine great charities.

“Making a will is so crucial and does not have to be complicated. It means loved ones you leave behind know that you have given your affairs some thought.”

John Coulthurst from the British Red Cross ,one of nine charities who benefit from Will Aid, paid the firm a visit to present them with a certificate to celebrate their fantastic achievement.

John said: “We are very grateful to Calthrops Solicitors and the Will Aid scheme for this generous contribution.

“The Red Cross uses donations to reach people in crisis, here in the UK and all around the world. With £60 we could provide 16 thermal blankets for people in need in Syria. With £300 we could provide 50 clean delivery kits for midwives in Myanmar. And with £1,000 we could provide five people with the support they need to readjust to life at home following a spell in hospital, here in the UK.”

Laura Brown at Calthrops Solicitors wrote nearly 60 wills during the month of November, generously giving her time for free for the whole month.

Will Aid, now in its 29th 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).

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for Will Aid said: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities and last year was no exception. Thanks to the 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 and local people who used the scheme have the peace of mind thanks to having a professionally drawn up will.

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Calthrops Solicitors 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.

“Solicitors from Lincolnshire raised an incredible amount of money in 2016, but we need more solicitors if we are to satisfy demand. Please sign up and donate time in 2017. Being part of Will Aid will raise the profile of your firm in your local community and bring new clients to your door, and all whilst supporting nine of the UK’s best loved charities.”

Will Aid will run again in November 2017. Solicitors and anyone who wants to make a will can find out more by visiting www.willaid.org.uk