A law firm in Norwich has raised close to £7,000 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign which asks solicitors to write wills for local people and instead, ask only for a voluntary donation.
Hatch Brenner LLP has taken part in the annual Will Aid scheme and raised an impressive £6,905 in the month-long fundraiser. Taking into account the previous two years the firm has taken part in Will Aid, their total raised to date is £18,703. Their efforts in 2017 made them the highest donating firm in Norfolk.
Dawn Parkes, Hatch Brenner Managing Partner and Head of the Private Client department commented: “The entire Private Client team were delighted to find out that we were the highest donating firm in Norfolk for the most recent Will Aid campaign! Whilst the whole team contributes to our efforts every year, I am happy to pass a special congratulations to our Paralegal Bailey Yallop. He was relatively new to the firm last year, but approached the Will Aid campaign with energy and focus, and as a result his levels of expertise in will drafting and meeting clients has also really developed.”
Bailey Yallop, Hatch Brenner Paralegal in the Private Client team added: “I am thrilled with the amount we raised during Will Aid 2017. Knowing that the money goes to nine such worthy charities was really motivating, and I also enjoyed meeting so many new clients through the process.”
James Tarleton, Chair of Will Aid said: “We are very grateful to the solicitors and all those that used the scheme, for their generous contribution.
“The nine partner charities use donations and legacies from will makers to reach people in crisis, both here in the UK and all around the world.
“As well as providing the suggested donation, many people who make their wills through Will Aid, use this opportunity to provide support to their favourite charities through a gift in their wills. These legacies make a great difference and we are very thankful for those who choose to support our work in this way.
“Solicitors raised an incredible amount of money in 2017, but we need more if we are to satisfy demand. Help us celebrate 30 years since the launch of Will Aid by signing up and donating your time in 2018. Being part of Will Aid will raise the profile of your firm in your local community and bring new clients to your door, all whilst supporting nine UK charities”
Lawyers wrote dozens of wills during the month of November, generously giving their time for free for the whole month.
Will Aid, which is celebrating its 30th year since launching, is a charity will-writing scheme that raises money for nine wonderful 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 Hatch Brenner 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 raised an incredible amount of money in 2017, but sadly there is always much more demand for Will Aid than we can meet. You have the chance to help us celebrate 30 years since the launch of Will Aid by signing up and donating your time in 2018. Being part of Will Aid will raise the profile of your firm in your local community and bring new clients to your door, all whilst supporting nine wonderful UK charities.
Will Aid will run again in November 2018. Find out more by visiting www.willaid.org.uk