Will Aid raises record amount for charities

2008 campaign 'most successful so far'

Will Aid, a will-making scheme run by a partnership of nine charities, has announced its 2008 appeal was its most successful so far, raising almost £1m in donations and £5.4m in pledges.

The scheme recruits solicitors to write wills for free, and people who use the service are encouraged to make donations to Will Aid in return.

The suggested donation is £75 for a single will, £110 for a pair of identical wills and £40 for an amendment to an existing will.

The partnership, which launched in 1988, runs the appeal every November.

Donations are split between ActionAid, the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, HelpAge International, the NSPCC, Save the Children UK, SCIAF, Sightsavers International and Trocaire.

Donors using the service are also advised they can make pledges in their wills leaving money to any charity they wish.

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