Solicitors firm McQueen Legal with offices in Gorebridge, Bruntsfield and Chesser have raised an amazing £5,192 for charity by taking part in the Will Aid scheme where they write Wills for local people and ask them only to consider making a donation to charity.
Katy Williamson from the British Red Cross paid the firm a visit last week to present them with a certificate to show their fantastic achievement and to let them know how the money they raised will be spent.
Katy Williamson said: “We’d like to thank McQueen Legal and all the people who made their will during Will Aid month last November. 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.
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.”
Linda Egan and Nadia Sharif and colleagues at McQueen Legal wrote over 65 Wills during the month of November generously giving their time for free for the whole month. Will Aid, now in its 27th year, is a charity scheme that raises money for nine charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, Sightsavers, Age UK, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland). The money raised is spent helping vulnerable people here in the UK and abroad.
As well as raising funds for the Will Aid charities, the scheme helps to ensure that people in this area have a professionally drawn up Will. A Will is a vital document for every adult no matter their age. Not only does it ensure that a person’s money and possessions are distributed as they wish but it means that they have a say in who looks after any children they may have if something should happen to them before those children reach 18.
Mary McQueen, Partner at McQueen Legal said:
“Having a Will ensures your wishes are taken care of. Even just a few thousand pounds in your estate can lead to it being very costly to wind up your estate if you have no Will.
“Will Aid was very successful, we met lots of new clients who commented that the process was very quick and efficient. It provides a lovely way to make connections with new people
“in the community. McQueen Legal enjoy benefitting charities – we also hold a Santa’s grotto at our branches every Christmas with benefits going to charity.”
This year’s Will Aid has been a great success with the total funds raised so far reaching an impressive £1.1M for the nine charities. Peter de Vena Franks, Campaign Director is delighted with how solicitors and will makers have responded to the scheme. He said:
“Over the years, the Will Aid campaign has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities and this year was no exception, raising over £1 million.
Thanks to the support and 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 from the nine wonderful charities. And local people who used the scheme have the peace of mind knowing their affairs are in order thanks to having a professionally drawn up Will.”