Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry today (23 May) celebrated raising over £10,000 for nine of the UK’s best loved charities through its Will Aid campaign activity in November 2018, ranking it one of the top fundraising firms in Scotland.
Representing the nine charities, including SCIAF (Scotland), ActionAid, Age UK, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, Tro̓caire (Northern Ireland) and the British Red Cross, Stephen Gillies, Community Legacy Manager at the British Red Cross, was present at the company’s training day at the King James VI Business Centre in Perth to present the firm with a certificate for the £10,390 raised for charity.
Miller Hendry is the third highest fundraiser in Scotland and the fifth highest donating firm in the UK for Will Aid, committing itself every year to take part in November’s month-long fundraising drive. The national campaign asks solicitors to waive their usual fees for creating professional Wills, with clients then donating to Will Aid instead.
Having supported Will Aid for a number of years, the firm has now raised £92,174 to date, making it the UK’s third highest donating firm in the history of the Will Aid campaign which has been promoted annually for the last 30 years.
Stephen Gillies of the British Red Cross said: “We were so very grateful to Miller Hendry Solicitors and the Will Aid scheme for their generous contribution last year and in previous years as well. The Red Cross uses donations to reach people in crisis, both here in the UK and all around the world. This year, with the help of legal firms like Miller Hendry, we’ll be able to help even more people at home and across the world.”
Caroline Fraser, Partner at Miller Hendry said: “Miller Hendry has been committed to raising money for these fantastic charities for many years now and we are absolutely delighted to have been able to raise so much during the last campaign in November 2018. Will Aid is the ideal opportunity to make a Will and the campaign has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities. Thanks to the commitment of local solicitors that take part, many people both in the UK and abroad will receive life changing support. Local people who use the scheme also have peace of mind thanks to having a professionally drawn up Will.
“People are often unaware of the problems they are leaving behind for those closest to them if they pass away without having a Will. Having a Will prepared gives people peace of mind that their families are being taken care of. It is the only way to put you in control of your estate after death. To be able to donate money to these nine worthy charities through Will Aid is the icing on the cake. The team at Miller Hendry will certainly be fundraising once again in 2019.”
Peter de Vena Franks, Campaign Director at Will Aid, said: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of these nine participating charities in the last 30 years. 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 that having a professionally drawn up will brings. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Miller Hendry for their incredible efforts this year.”
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