Where there’s a will solicitors have a way

Jo Dallas presents Cheryl Edgar with the firm's certificate
Jo Dallas presents Cheryl Edgar with the firm's certificate
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A LAW firm in East Lothian has raised £5,800 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign, which asks lawyers to write wills for local people in exchange for a donation.

Garden Stirling Burnet Solicitors – which has offices in Dunbar, Haddington, North Berwick and Tranenet – took part in the annual Will Aid scheme for the eighth year. In total it has now raised £16,332.

Cheryl Edgar, senior associate at the firm which offers property and legal services, said: “We are delighted to have raised such a lot of money for such a worthwhile cause.

“Will Aid has allowed us to give back to both our community and great charities. We would urge other law firms to get involved when it is held later this year.”

Jo Dallas from Christian Aid paid the firm a visit to present them with a certificate to thank them for their achievement.

She said: “The team at Garden Stirling Burnet Solicitors have really embraced the Will Aid scheme and all their time and hard work will translate into transformed lives for those living in poverty across the world.

“Thanks to the donations from Will Aid we can make a real difference. Just £150 could pay for a pack of medical equipment for doctors and nurses in Kenya to safely deliver babies, while £95 could pay for training and seeds for 50 women in a mother-to-mother support group to help them grow more food for their families.”

Lawyers wrote dozens of wills for a month, generously giving their time for free.

Will Aid, now in its 29th year, is a charity scheme that raises money for nine charities including ActionAid, British Red Cross NSPCC, Save The Children and Age UK.

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for Will Aid said: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities.

“Thanks to the commitment of 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.”