Tayside solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry have raised £4645 for charity after taking part in the latest Will Aid campaign.
Anthony McVeigh, from the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) ,visited the firm on Monday (April 24) to present partners and staff with a certificate to thank them for their support.
The big-hearted firm – which has offices in Dundee, Perth and Crieff – has taken part in Will Aid every year since 2000 and, in that time, has raised a whopping £79,503.
Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK's best-loved charities – SCIAF (Scotland), ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers and Trocaire (N. Ireland).
Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, they invite their clients to make a donation to Will Aid. The recommended donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.
Ernie Boath, Partner and Head of Private Client Department, commented: “Everyone at Miller Hendry is very passionate about raising money for all these fantastic charities through Will Aid and we are very proud of the amount we have raised over the years. We were delighted that Anthony was able to join us for our celebrations and our certificate will take pride of place in our reception areas for all our clients to see.”
Will Aid takes place in November each year and is the ideal opportunity to make a Will.
Mr Boath continued: “People are often unaware of the difficulties they can be leaving behind for loved ones if something were to happen to them. Wills give people peace of mind that their families are taken care of and it is the only way to put you in control of your estate after death. Will Aid also allowed people to donate money to charity which is all the more reason to consider making that all-important Will. The team here at Miller Hendry will certainly be fundraising again in 2017.”
Anthony McVeigh (SCIAF) said: “The team at Miller Hendry have really embraced the Will Aid campaign this year and their efforts are greatly appreciated.
“The money raised will go towards helping families in some of the poorest communities around the world. With a gift of £120 we can give goats to four families. A goat will give them up to 12 pints of fresh milk a week and they can sell any extra milk to buy other food.
“A gift of £1,500 will give seeds, tools and training for 10 people so that they can learn news ways of farming their own food and be able to provide for themselves and their families. The gift makes such a difference to people’s lives both now and in the future.”
Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for Will Aid concluded: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities and last year was no exception. 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 thanks to having a professionally drawn up will.
“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Miller Hendry and let them know that thanks to them, lives will change for the better and people who need it will continue to receive the help and support that the charities work so hard to provide.
“Solicitors from Perth raised an incredible amount of money in 2016, but we need more solicitors if we are to satisfy demand. Please sign up and donate your time in 2017. Being part of Will Aid will raise the profile of your firm in your local community and bring new clients to your door, and all whilst supporting nine of the UK’s best loved charities.”