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Thousands of pounds raised for charity

Atherton Godfrey took part in Will Aid 2013 and we are delighted to be able to announce a fabulous fundraising total of £6,418 (including Gift Aid) to contribute to the nationwide 25th anniversary total. At present, the firm is the eleventh top fundraising firm in the East Midlands and in the top fifty nationwide.Will Aid is the UK’s leading charity will-writing scheme. It offers everyone the opportunity to make or update their Will in return for a donation to help people in need in the UK and all over the world. The money raised is shared by nine well-known UK charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland). Ruth Tormey of Christian Aid visited the firm to thank the team for all their hard work and to present them with their Will Aid certificate. She said:”Atherton Godfrey’s support for Will Aid is greatly appreciated by Christian Aid. Not only do we receive a significant amount in donations but the campaign also provides an opportunity for people to leave Christian Aid a legacy.  Legacy gifts are crucial in enabling our work to eradicate poverty and change the systems and structures which cause it. Legacies of all sizes are incredibly valuable to Christian Aid – last year our income from legacies could have more than paid for all our work in Latin America and the Caribbean – making a lasting difference to thousands of lives.”Atherton Godfrey has participated in the last two Will Aid campaigns and has raised a fantastic grand total of more than £12,390.  James Sutherland, partner and head of the Wills and Probate department at Atherton Godfrey, commented:”The Will Aid scheme works because it encourages people to visit a solicitor to make their Will. Also, it is a way of law firms making a contribution to charity.  At the outset we don’t set a fundraising target or a target for the numbers of Wills written, but we are delighted by the number of people who come forward each year. We are very proud of how much we have managed to raise.” The scheme will run again in November 2014 and will provide the opportunity for many more people in need of a Will to come forward to sort out their affairs and, at the same time, to support nine of the UK’s best loved charities.

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