Law firm’s charity wills to make a difference

April 14, 2011

With donations now exceeding £1.5m, Will Aid 2010, which raised money for nine of the UK’s favourite charities, is set to be a record breaker, thanks to law firms like MH Legal donating their time and resources to raise money for the campaign.

On receiving news that money raised has now been evenly distributed across each of Will Aid’s charities, MH Legal, one of just a handful of firms in the North East to participate in the campaign, is urging firms across the North East to participate in Will Aid 2011.

The objective of the Will Aid campaign is simple: to raise awareness of the importance of will making, whilst at the same time raising money for charity. Every November, Will Aid works with solicitors across the UK to launch National Make a Will Month, whereby solicitors donate their time by offering to make a will in return for a donation to the Will Aid Charities.                 

MH Legal director, Andrew Simpson adds: “I’d like to thank our staff at our busy branches in Seaham, Sunderland and Prudhoe, who all made a tremendous effort in dedicating their time to this cause and of course, our clients, who have dipped into their pockets to make donations in exchange for our services. We are delighted to have been involved with Will Aid and provide the wider community with in excess of 60 wills.

“The wide spectrum of charities which Will Aid supports, makes it a perfect fundraising campaign for MH Legal to embrace, whilst at the same time allowing us to use our professional skill and expertise to service the wider community with an offering which ultimately enables them to create security for their loved ones.”

With some clients donating as little as £25 and some as much as £200, the proceeds of every will processed across MH Legal, which has been providing the region with its legal services since 1901, were donated to Will Aid. The firm raised over £1500 for Will Aid, and say that by publicising this year’s campaign, they hope to double last year’s total.

Will Aid campaign manager Shirley Marsland said: “It is because of the dedication and commitment of companies like MH Legal, that last year’s Will Aid campaign, now in its 23rd year, generated a record breaking total. This money has now been rolled out to the nine charities affiliated with Will Aid and can start to make a real difference to people’s lives both in the UK and around the world.

“MH Legal’s efforts and dedication to Will Aid are exemplary and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their commitment and hard work so far.”

The nine charities benefiting from the Will Aid campaign are ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children UK, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (NI).

As well as encouraging people to make wills, those who did participate in Will Aid, were also invited to register their will for free with the Certainty National Will Register, which simply records the whereabouts of a will.

MH Legal’s Andrew Simpson says: “It was during Make a Will month that we learnt of Certainty and since, have become one of the first legal firms in the region to join the register. Incredibly, around two thirds of the population have no idea where to locate their parents’ wills, resulting in a loss of huge amounts of inheritance through unclaimed wills.”

He concluded: “I realise that during the economic downturn few firms have the spare cash to provide charitable support, but MH Legal would urge all firms across the region to give up their time instead and support this year’s Will Aid campaign.”

For more information about Will Aid can be found by calling 0300 0300 013 or visiting www.willaid.org.uk

For further information about MH Legal, please visit http://www.mhlegal.com/ or telephone 0191 581 5426.

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