Sign up for Will Aid and support UK charities

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

Legal firms across South Yorkshire are being asked to sign up to Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country throughout November.

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 director 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.

“Solicitors from South Yorkshire raised huge amounts of money in 2015, but we want even 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 South Yorkshire 10 solicitors’ firms signed up to the programme and between them raised £22,935.

Lauren Smith, from Sheffield’s Taylor Bracewell Solicitors, said: “Will Aid supports a range of charities and we have enjoyed being part of it. It has helped us to meet lots of new clients and given us the opportunity to promote our business in the local media.

“Last year we helped a vast number of people in the UK to write a will and this year we want to do the same.”

Visit www.willaid.org.uk if you’re interested in getting involved.