Solicitors 'raise £16,500 writing wills'

by Sarah Ashcroft

A hospice has managed to raise £16,500 over the course of a month thanks to the work of a group of local solicitors, who offered to write wills for people in exchange for a donation to the charity.

Prospect Hospice was the beneficiary of the kind work of staff from a host of solicitors, who updated or drafted hundreds of documents as part of the Make a Will campaign, reports the Swindon Advertiser.

All of their professional fees were waived in favour of money being handed to the Wroughton-based organisation, which is running a 160 Appeal in a bid to collect £160,000 for its hospice care services.

Mandy Casavant, a solicitor in the private client team and a trustee of Prospect House, said that she has been delighted with the support the scheme has received from solicitors and the generosity of people who made a donation.

"I think most people recognise how important it is to have a will and keep it updated, so being able to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause motivated them to come and see us sooner rather than later," she explained.

Lemon & Co is one company that took part in the scheme and it raised £4,000 for the good cause - a personal best for a firm that has been involved in the Make a Will campaign in the past.

Sheryl Crouch, head of fundraising at Prospect Hospice, said that the most recent campaign is the fifth time it has been held and this was its most successful run yet. She described the £16,500 that has been raised as an "amazing amount".

It serves as a useful reminder to everyone that writing a will is incredibly important, and people of all ages should ensure that their wishes for their property and other assets are written down.

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Published on: March 25, 2014

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