Will writing services support charity fundraiser

Local solicitors and the York Teaching Hospital Charity (YTHC) are joining together in October for a charity fundraiser, offering will writing services and advice to local people. The campaign hopes to encourage more local people to write their will, while promoting the services of the local solicitors involved.

The campaign has been arranged to run from Monday 5th October to Friday 16th October. The YTHC have already secured the support of local firms including Ware & Kaye Solicitors Ltd, Crombie Wilkinsons, Burn & Company Solicitors and Pinkney Grunwells.

Lucy Lowthian, Fundraising Manager for the YTHC, has revealed that legacies are a big source of income for the charity, yet only about three out of every ten people have made their will. They are, therefore, offering this generous service for free with the expectation that they are remembered in the clients wills – no matter what size of donation. Alternatively they have suggested that, instead of leaving a donation in a will, a donation can be made to the YTHC on the day of the event.

In addition to the YTHC campaign, other charities such as the organisation WillAid and FreeWillsMonth Campaign in October are offering professional will writing services for charitable causes. Will writing is an uncomfortable process and is often avoided, so events such as these may be a worthwhile means of motivating more people to put their affairs in order, whilst saving money and doing something good for charity.

Due to the shockingly low number of people who have their wills written, this latest fundraising scheme would be an excellent opportunity for local solicitors to meet new clients and encourage local people to have their will drafted by a professional. It is also a unique opportunity for will writers and other legal professionals to market their practice and interact with the local community.

Would you consider teaming up with a charity to offer your legal services? Have you already participated in a fundraiser in your local area, if so what are your thoughts?

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