Solicitors’ firm turns wills into charity effort

Proving that where there’s a will there’s an opportunity for charity, Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry is celebrating a highly successful collaboration with the campaign Will Aid – one that ranks the firm among the top fundraisers in Scotland.

Miller Hendry raised £6925 through the month-long annual Will Aid drive, which asks solicitors to waive their usual fees and have clients make a donation to Will Aid instead. The donations are then divided among nine Will Aid charities, which include Save the Children, Christian Aid and British Red Cross. During the 2015 campaign, Miller Hendry’s staff in Dundee, Perth and Crieff wrote more than 50 wills.

The money raised through the latest Will Aid campaign, which is held every November, puts Miller Hendry fourth highest in Scotland in terms of donations and 23rd highest in the UK. In total, Miller Hendry has collected £74,613 and run 13 campaigns for Will Aid.

Presenting a certificate to staff at Miller Hendry’s offices in Perth, Katy Williamson, Community Legacy Manager with British Red Cross, said:

“We would like to thank Miller Hendry and all the people who made their will during Will Aid last year. The time donated by solicitors and the generous donations from everyone who made a will are already helping to save and transform lives around the world.

“It is so important to have a will to ensure your wishes and loved ones and taken care of. Will Aid also gives people the opportunity to leave legacy gifts, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who chose to include the Red Cross in their will, making a promise that help will always be there when someone needs it in future. Whether it’s responding to the recent flooding here in the UK or to the continuing humanitarian disaster in Syria, the donations and legacies from Will Aid mean we can continue to help people in crisis whoever and wherever they are in the world.”

Caroline Fraser, an associate with Miller Hendry in Dundee who specialises in the preparation of wills, said:

“We pride ourselves on giving back regularly to our local community, and in this case we have spread our charitable net even wider, donating almost £7000 to some top nationwide charities. We’re proud of our staff for not only winning a spot as one of the top four donors in Scotland, but for raising awareness about the need to write a will. The more people realise how important a will is, and that having one prevents a lot of unnecessary legal complications, the better.”

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