Will writing to help charity

Victoria Tynan, Wendy Scarr, Chelsea Baggott and Howard Cohen from Winston Solicitors.

Victoria Tynan, Wendy Scarr, Chelsea Baggott and Howard Cohen from Winston Solicitors.

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Lawyers in Leeds are being urged to raise money for charity by writing wills as part of a national drive.

Legal firms are being asked to sign up to Will Aid Month which takes place across the country from November 1 to 30.

The programme relies on solicitors to pledge their time and support for the cause by providing the will writing service free of charge in return for a voluntary donation to charity from their client

Howard Cohen, from Winston Solicitors in Leeds, said: “Will Aid is a fantastic initiative and we are thrilled to be part of it, and hope that 2016 is the most successful year ever.”

The cash raised is split between nine of the UK’s best-loved charities.

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for Will Aid, said: “Solicitors from West Yorkshire raised huge amounts of money in 2015, but we want even more solicitors to sign up to and donate their time, so we can help more and more people get their finances in order. Having a will is one of the most important, yet easiest things to tick off the to-do list and our charities benefit as a result.”

Last year Will Aid raised more than £1 million for charity.

In West Yorkshire, 30 solicitors’ firms signed up to the programme and between them raised £35,275.

The following charities will benefit from Will Aid Month: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

For more information about Will Aid visit the website at www.willaid.org.uk.