Will Aid raises £6m in donations and legacies

Scheme encourages solicitors to volunteer and donate their fees for will-writing to charity

A scheme to attract donations in return for will-writing services raised more than £1m in donations and £5.3m in legacies for nine charities last year.

The Will Aid scheme involves recruiting volunteer solicitors to draw up basic wills and encourage clients to donate to charity rather than paying the usual fee. Nine thousand people took part in the scheme during November.

The annual campaign is run by a partnership of nine charities, which share the donations, including the NSPCC, the British Red Cross and development charity ActionAid.

Claire Routley, chair of Will Aid, said: "The income from this appeal makes a fantastic difference to our work with vulnerable people in the UK and all around the world. The campaign will run again in November 2010 with the same partner charities, and we hope that its appeal will continue to grow."

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