Manchester-based law firm raises highest amount in UK for charity campaign

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An Oldham law firm has raised an incredible £43,065 by participating in an annual charity will-writing campaign - making it the highest donating firm across the UK this year.

Touch Solicitors has taken part in the Will Aid campaign every year since 2011 and has now raised a grand total of £82,299 by volunteering their time and expertise to write wills and, instead of charging their usual fees for writing basic Wills, inviting clients to make a donation to Will Aid instead.

The money raised is shared between the campaign’s partner charities, which work across many different causes in the UK and across the world.

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Trusha Velji, Director of the Firm, said: “Taking part in Will Aid is truly a team effort and we’re delighted to have given so many people the reassurance of knowing they have a professionally written Will.

L-R Megan Grimes, Colby Rhodes, Diane Marsh, Trusha Velji.L-R Megan Grimes, Colby Rhodes, Diane Marsh, Trusha Velji.
L-R Megan Grimes, Colby Rhodes, Diane Marsh, Trusha Velji.

“We love taking part in the campaign and raising money for charity. It is incredibly rewarding and to have raised such a significant amount this year by pushing boundaries, is phenomenal.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to know that such well-deserving charities will benefit, helping people both here in the UK and abroad who are facing challenging times.”

The generosity of solicitors who have taken part in Will Aid since it launched in 1988 has helped raise more than £24 million for charity in donations alone, with many millions more in pledged charitable legacies.

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Jonathan Chase, chair of Will Aid, said: “Huge congratulations to the team at Touch Solicitors for raising such a staggering amount this year. It’s amazing that so many solicitors give their time to volunteer so generosity, using their expertise to help people gain peace of mind by getting a professionally written will while fundraising for our incredible charities who do such crucial and life-changing work in the UK and around the world.

The team at Touch are presented with their certificate by John Coulthurst of the British Red CrossThe team at Touch are presented with their certificate by John Coulthurst of the British Red Cross
The team at Touch are presented with their certificate by John Coulthurst of the British Red Cross

“On behalf of all the partner charities, a massive thank you and well done to Touch Solicitors and all the firms who have taken part this year!”

Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid’s campaign director, added: “What a great team effort from everyone who has taken part in this year’s Will Aid campaign. Thank you to everyone who has harnessed their expertise and generosity to give their time, helping to protect people’s wishes and also supporting such worthwhile partner charities who are changing lives for the better.”

Will Aid takes place every November and involves solicitors waiving the fee for writing a basic will and instead inviting clients to make an upfront donation to Will Aid.

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The suggested donation for a basic single Will is £100, and £180 for a pair of mirror Wills.

Donations are shared between Will Aid’s partner charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trócaire.

To meet the continued demand each year, Will Aid needs more solicitors to take part. For more information, please visit willaid.org.uk

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