A LAW firm based in Merthyr Tydfil has raised over £4,000 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign which asks solicitors to write wills for local people and instead, ask only for a voluntary donation.
JNP Legal, which has branches in Nelson and Llanishen, have taken part in the annual Will Aid scheme and raised an impressive £4,420 in the month-long fundraiser. This is the second time they have taken part in Will Aid and they were the highest fundraising firm in Mid Glamorgan for 2017. Since they started taking part they have raised £31,483.
Loran Beynon, from the firm commented: “Our team has thoroughly enjoyed participating in Will Aid and we have worked very hard to promote the campaign.
“We like having the opportunity to help more than one charity during the same campaign. The scheme provides a strong incentive for people to make wills.
“We are happy to donate our time towards Will Aid. It is a worthy cause and worth supporting. There are benefits for the firm in encouraging will making and other new business. We would recommend that other law firms get involved.”
Paul Morgan from the British Red Cross paid the firm a visit to present them with a certificate.
He said: “We are very grateful to JNP Legal 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 wrote dozens of wills during the month of November, generously giving their time for free for the whole 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 JNP Legal 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 http://www.willaid.org.uk.
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Notes for Editors
• November is Will Aid’s annual UK-wide fundraising campaign involving nine of the UK’s leading charities that share the proceeds: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).
• Will Aid has been running since 1988 and has run every November since 2008. It is the most successful charity Will-writing scheme in the UK, open to all adults. The campaign has encouraged over 300,000 people to write their will with a qualified, regulated and insured solicitor and in so doing has raised over £20 million in donations. The suggested voluntary donation is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.
• For more information on the Will Aid research or a digital version of this press release, visit http://www.willaid.org.uk/press