Will-making initiative to raise cash for charity

An initiative aimed at raising money for charity by getting the public to donate money in return for a free will-making service will run in November this year.

The scheme, which is being run by charity Will Aid, will recruit solicitors to draw up basic wills for clients free of charge. In return, solicitors hope Will Aid clients will donate the fee they would normally charge to charity.

The suggested donations are £75 for a single will, £110 for a pair of mirror wills and £40 for a codicil, a supplementary document that modifies or revokes a will or part of one.

Donations will automatically go to the Will Aid charities - a partnership comprising ActionAid, the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Help the Aged, the NSPCC, Save the Children UK, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Sightsavers International and Trócaire. But people are free to make legacies to another charity if they wish.

The last such scheme raised more than £5m in pledges for Will Aid charities in 2006.

Will Aid said the scheme was popular with charity supporters who preferred to help good causes rather than pay a solicitor.

Shirley Marsland, campaign manager at Will Aid, said: "If you are a legacy manager wondering how to turn your supporters' good intentions into reality, Will Aid is a really effective way to encourage people to actually get on a make that will or add a codicil to an existing will. The Will Aid partnership charities are pleased to be able to spread the benefits of the campaign as widely as possible by offering this opportunity to other charities."


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