Jacksons Law Firm has raised almost £5,000 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign which asks solicitors to write wills for local people, and instead of clients paying a fee, they ask only for a voluntary donation to a charity.
The firm, which has branches in Stockton on Tees and Newcastle upon Tyne has taken part in the annual Will Aid Scheme and raised £4,800 in the month-long fundraiser, writing over 40 wills for clients. They were the 3rd highest fundraising firm, from a total of 75 other firms taking part for the first time.
Andrew Steel, Associate in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Jacksons said: “We feel proud to have been part of Will Aid this year and hope to be involved again in the future. It has allowed us to help out a great cause which has such a huge role to play in our local community. The success is due to the hard work and dedication of our team, who all got on board with the Will Aid Campaign and the great charities they represent.”
John Coulthurst from the British Red Cross paid the firm a visit to present them with a certificate.
He said: “We are very grateful to Jacksons Law Firm 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.
“£300 could feed ten families in Syria for a month. £80 could help train four people in life-saving first aid skills here in the UK. And with £1,000 our UK volunteers could give five people the support they need to readjust to life at home following a spell in hospital.”
Lawyers taking part in the scheme, from all over the UK, write dozens of wills during one month of the year, and generously give their time for free for the whole of that 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 Jacksons Law Firm 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.will.aid.org.uk.
Jacksons Law Firm is one of the North East’s longest established law firms and has been practising in the Tees Valley for over 140 years. Operating from its head office in Stockton on Tees, and an office in Newcastle upon Tyne, it is well placed to assist clients across the region on a wide range of business and personal legal advice.