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The Brilliant Breakfast 11 – 17 October 2021

This October, people all over the country will be starting their day with a Brilliant Breakfast that will change lives.

Simply by joining in The Brilliant Breakfast, each person will be helping to raise money to support young women in the UK and help them to wake up to a more positive future.

On 14 October 2021 colleagues and friends at Atherton Godfrey will be coming together, both virtually and in the office, to have our own Brilliant Breakfast and help raise funds for The Prince’s Trust. We will be sure to share photos of our most creative breakfasts.

Shabana Ali, one of the Atherton Godfrey team, said: “We are proud to support this great scheme as we believe in the programmes run by The Prince’s Trust.

The programmes offered by the charity give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives; helping them to develop self-esteem and essential skills for work.

The funds raised through The Brilliant Breakfast will enable The Prince’s Trust to help more young women and provide them with life changing positive support, building their confidence and providing them with mentorship.”

The Prince’s Trust programmes are aimed at 18 to 30-year-olds and have something for everyone, from getting a job, to gaining confidence to starting a business.

For more information visit the website – www.princes-trust.org.uk

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Solicitors support cancer charity fundraiser

Atherton Godfrey has become the official Partner Sponsor of Sheffield Together 2020, a sponsored run /walk organised by Cavendish Cancer Care.

It’s a ‘beautifully muddy event’ and its 5k or 10k circuits make it suitable for all ages and abilities’. Entrants are encouraged to bring along the kids or even the dogs. Or those up for a challenge could join with a group of friends and run the circuit. However they choose to do it – their support will help raise much needed vital funds.

In 2019 the event was extremely popular with university sports clubs, families who have used Cavendish services as well as individuals wanting to take up a challenge. Between them, they raised £7,000 in sponsorship money.

Julie, one last year’s entrants, said: “Following my own cancer treatment and fantastic support from the Cavendish Centre, I decided to sign myself and my children up to Sheffield Together as a way of raising money to give back to the centre.

I walked/ran it with my 8 year old son, while my 10 year old daughter charged off ahead! It’s a really well organised event – well marshalled and signposted – in a lovely location. We will be having another go this year!”

This year’s event is set to be even bigger and better and will follow a brand new route through a stunning area of ancient woodland.

Are you up for it?
The event kicks off at 9.30am on Sunday 8 March 2020 at Ecclesall Woods, Limb Lane, Sheffield S17 3ES. Register your interest now and take advantage of early bird savings – www.sheffieldtogether.co.uk

Cavendish Cancer Care is a Sheffield based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer. Since 1991, they have been working with people across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, offering free of charge emotional support, counselling and complementary therapies to patients, their carer’s and their children.

The charity only receives enough funding from the NHS to keep their doors open for 2 weeks – so rely on events like Sheffield Together for the vital funds they need to keep the centre running.

If you would like to speak to someone at Cavendish, or would like to know more about their work, call 0114 278 4600 or visit their website: www.cavcare.org.uk

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Make a will in June and help Support Dogs UK

Make a will in June and you can make a donation to Support Dogs UK instead of paying us a fee.

This means that you won’t just be protecting your family you will also be helping to improve the quality of life for those living with a range of disabilities.

Support Dogs UK is a registered charity that provides, trains, and supports specialist assistance dogs to help those living with autism, physical disabilities or seizures. All services are provided completely free of charge.

Many of the dogs come from rescue centres or were unwanted pets so becoming assistance dogs gives them a second chance of a happy life.

Suggested donations are £100 for a single basic will or £140 for a pair of basic mirror wills. Every penny raised will go to Support Dogs UK.

Please book early as availability is strictly limited. Call now for an appointment 01302 320621

More about Support Dogs UK and their support programmes

• Autism assistance dogs for children aged three to ten years with autism. The dogs are trained to provide safety for the child and reduce stress in social environments.

• Seizure alert dogs for people with epilepsy. Our dogs are trained to provide a 100% reliable, up to 50 minute warning prior to the onset of an epileptic seizure. This enables the client to find safety and be in control over their seizure, allowing a much more independent life.

• Disability assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The client’s own pet dog is trained to perform tasks which are specifically tailored to their individual needs; providing them with greater independence and safety.

If you would like to apply for help or simply want to find out more about Support Dogs UK visit: www.supportdogsuk.co.uk

Things to consider when making your will

• Who your executors will be
• Appointing guardians for any children
• Making gifts of special belonging to certain people
• Making gifts of money to relatives or charities
• Protecting your property
• Who your main beneficiaries will be
• Who you want to care for your pets
• Your funeral arrangements

We will guide you through the process, step by step, to make it as easy as possible and can usually complete the process within 7 days of receiving your final instructions.

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Legal eagles in bid to raise cash for support dogs

We’re very pleased to announce that Support Dogs is our chosen charity for 2019.

Support Dogs was established in 1992 and is a Sheffield based registered charity that provides services completely free of charge to those that need them.

Zip, the golden Labrador who is the ambassador for the Support Dogs came to visit us recently, along with his handler, Laura.

These amazing dogs are trained to help disabled people in a range of ways, including stripping the bed and even helping with the washing. Some are trained to give vital support to autistic children and keep them safe from harm, while others are trained to warn their owners about the imminent onset of a seizure. The dogs can warn up to 50 minutes in advance and are 100% accurate. This alert gives the owner time to get to somewhere safe until the seizure passes.

Unsurprisingly, it costs £20,000 to train each dog, and a further £2,000 each year of their working life. Because of this, we’ve decided to dedicate a proportion of our fundraising this year to help them raise the vital cash needed.

Rebecca Wharton, chair of the firm’s charity committee, commented: “Everyone was totally in awe of just what these dogs can do. They give people the independence they need to be able to live normal lives.”

Follow us on Facebook to see how we get on with the fundraising – don’t miss our Name the Mascot competition, where there’s a signed Doncaster Rovers shirt up for grabs!

If you would like to apply for assistance you can contact Support Dogs on 0114 261 7800.

Alternatively, if you’d like to see the dogs at work or want to know more, visit www.supportdogs.org.uk

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Charitable donations still high on our agenda

Despite the seemingly endless round of cuts, austerity drives and doom and gloom making the headlines, people still put charitable donations high on their agenda.

They say that “charity begins at home” and what better example than the fact that last year, Britons left £2.85billion to charity through gifts in their wills. Health charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation were top beneficiaries. Other charities to benefit were the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, RSPCA and the National Trust.

The importance of these legacies should not be underestimated: six out of every 10 lifeboat launches are possible only because of the gifts left in wills.

Anything left to charity is exempt from inheritance tax. In addition if more than 10% of an estate is left to charity the remainder of the estate qualifies for a reduced rate of inheritance tax.

However, charities are concerned that the recent increase in probate fees will have an impact on them and could lose them up to £10million a year. Perhaps this loss could be offset if more people can be encouraged to leave a legacy in their will.

And there is plenty of scope for an increase. It’s estimated that there are around 30 million adults in the UK who have not made a will. According to Will Aid, who promote charitable giving in wills, more than half of those with children do not have a will and more than 60% of unmarried couples have not made a will.

What can I put in my will?
Absolutely anything and everything you hold dear can be safeguarded through a will. This could be a beloved pet, a treasured trinket and of course a charity that’s close to your heart.

How much should I leave to my favourite charity?
If you want to leave a legacy you decide the amount yourself, there is no minimum amount. Alternatively, you can specify a percentage of your estate which will pass to charity.

How do I get started?
Making a will couldn’t be easier. Just call and make an appointment; home visits can be arranged if necessary. One of our friendly professionals will talk you through all the options you have. You don’t have to worry – they will take the time to understand what you want your will to achieve and make sure that it’s written to reflect your wishes.

Within a week you will get a draft copy to have a read through. Once you’re completely happy with everything, we get it witnessed and that’s it, you have a valid will. You receive a copy and we store a copy free of charge for you.

What if I change my mind later and want to alter something?
There will be a charge, but you are free to change your will anytime you choose, in fact, we recommend that you consider reviewing it every few years, especially if your circumstances change.

How much does it cost?
Most people only need a simple will, these are £125 for a single will or £200 for a pair of mirror wills (suitable for couples).
The charge may be higher if you have complicated financial affairs, in which case, we will give you a quote for the work at the outset.

Call us on 01302 320621 or email info@athertongodfrey.co.uk

Author: Gail Harris

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‘Additional inheritance’ tax set to cost charities £10m

An increase in probate application fees that comes into effect this month has been described by the president of the Law Society as an ‘additional inheritance tax’.

The fees payable will be graduated and based on the value of the estate. The fee for estates worth more than £50,000, currently £155 will increase to £300, while the maximum fee will increase to £20,000 for an estate worth £2 million.

Currently any amount left to charity is exempt from Inheritance Tax. Whilst this looks set to continue, these bequests could be reduced by the increased fees for obtaining probate. Some estimate that the changes could cost the charitable sector as much as £10 million a year.

According to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, approximately 85 per cent of estates will be liable for higher fees.

The increase in fees has been criticised as the Probate Registry’s costs and the amount of work involved in providing a grant of probate are the same whether the value of the estate is £10,000 or more than £1 million.

It is important that individuals seek expert advice to ensure that their affairs can be arranged to not just minimise inheritance tax but to also minimise probate application fees. In addition, it is imperative that probate applications are completed accurately and in accordance with current legislation so that the correct probate registry fee is paid.

Author: Katy Burgin

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Getting pretty muddy for Cancer Research

Very well done to Atherton Godfrey’s ‘mudders’ Rebecca Wharton, Lucy Baker, Rebecca Bell, Claire Ramos, Sue Barnes, Stacey Powney and Rachel Wilkins, who took part in Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy in Clumber Park on 30th June.

These very adventurous ladies braved the heat on a scorching day to raise around £750 for Cancer Research by running, crawling, climbing and charging over the 5k – very muddy – obstacle course. As you can see – it looks like they enjoyed it too!

Your colleagues at Atherton Godfrey are very proud of you!

Cancer is happening right now. 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, but survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years. Consistent progress is being made but improvements to technology and ground-breaking work offer new opportunities to find different ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve survival rates even further. Your contribution can help Cancer Research UK improve results even faster, so if you wish to make a donation to our team, and Cancer Research, you can still do so online at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/atherton-godfrey-mudders

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Charity wills on offer throughout June

Once again this year, we will be offering to draw up Wills free of charge in a bid to help raise funds for a local cancer charity.

Throughout June, our wills experts are drawing up basic Wills in return for a donation to Aurora.

Suggested donations are £90 for a single Will or £135 for a pair of mirror Wills.

Aurora is a Doncaster charity that provides vital support for local people and their families, who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Katy Burgin, specialist Wills and Probate solicitor with the firm, said: “We have taken part in charity Will writing for quite a few years now. It’s an ideal opportunity for people to take that all important step of protecting their family and loved ones, while also supporting a local charity at the same time.

Every penny that we raise throughout June will go towards providing the support that is so important to those going through or recovering from the effects of cancer treatments.”

Appointments are limited so please book early.

 

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Legal eagles set to rock the rainbow

Staff members from Atherton Godfrey Solicitors are planning to rock the rainbow to support Yorkshires largest hospice.

The team of 14 will be heading to Leeds on Saturday 30 September to take part in the Leeds Colour Run, which will be set against the backdrop of the iconic Harewood House.

The event is billed to be the “biggest, brightest, happiest and most colourful 5k that Leeds has ever seen.”

The aim of the event is to raise much needed funds for St Gemma’s, which is a Leeds based charity providing support for local people with serious illnesses. The hospice offers day care as well as 24-hour care. It is the largest hospice in Leeds and one of the largest in the UK.

If you would like to show your support you can donate online at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/AGcolourrunners

Watch out for photos from the day on our Facebook page.

To find out more about St Gemma’s Hospice visit the website: http://www.st-gemma.co.uk/