Generous solicitors at Slee Blackwell raise thousands for Will Aid

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Hard working and generous staff at Slee Blackwell Solicitors in Braunton and Barnstaple recently took part in Will Aid 2013 and are delighted to announce a fabulous fundraising total of £8,500 (including Gift Aid) to contribute to the nationwide 25th anniversary total. This is approaching twice the amount raise in the 2012 campaign and is a fantastic achievement.

Will Aid is the UK’s leading charity will-writing scheme. It offers everyone the opportunity to make or update their Will in return for a donation to help people in need in the UK and all over the world. This money is shared by nine well-known UK charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

Alison Knight from Christian Aid visited the firm at their Braunton branch to thank the team for all their hard work and present their Will Aid certificate. She said:

“We, at Christian Aid, greatly value Slee Blackwell’s support. Will Aid is very important to Christian Aid as not only do we receive a significant amount in donations but the campaign also provides an opportunity for people to leave Christian Aid a legacy. Legacy gifts are crucial in enabling our work to eradicate poverty and change the systems and structures which cause it. Legacies of all sizes are incredibly valuable to Christian Aid – last year our income from legacies could have more than paid for all our work in Latin America and the Caribbean – making a lasting difference to thousands of lives.”

Slee Blackwell Solicitors has participated in the six Will Aid campaigns and in total has raised an impressive £21,727.

Emily Hockin, Associate Solicitor, commented:

“We think it is good for our clients to see their solicitors looking outwards and doing something for the community. Our clients thought it was refreshing for solicitors to be doing something for charity rather than profit. We are extremely proud of being able to use our professional skills to write Wills for people and as a result raise such a sum for the Will Aid charities.”

The scheme runs again in November 2014 and will provide the opportunity for many more people in need of a Will to come forward to sort out their affairs and, at the same time, to support nine of the UK’s best loved charities.

Photograph: (left to right) Gemma Williams, Theresa Bartlett, Emily Hockin, Alison Knight (Christian Aid), Karen Miller, Brett Lawrence.

Slee Blackwell Solicitors. Contact: Ms Emily Hockin, 01271 818105, [email protected]

Will Aid: www.willaid.org.uk. Contact: Sue Davison (Press Office) [email protected]