A law firm is celebrating after scooping the accolade of the highest donating business of all time in a charity will-writing campaign.
Bristol based-Fussell Wright have raised an incredible £21,150 for the Will Aid scheme in its 30th anniversary year after writing almost a staggering 300 wills in exchange for a voluntary donation.
This is the 17th year the firm has taken part in the month-long fundraiser and their total raised to date is £133,827 – making them the highest donating firm of all time.
Michael Dickman, from Fussell Wright, said he was over the moon that their 2018 efforts had made them the top fundraiser.
He added: “We have supported Will Aid since it started 30 years ago. As a firm we like to support charities and to give back to the community in which we practice. We always look forward to Will Aid month in November.
“We have worked extremely hard to raise as much money as possible for the nine wonderful charities involved, where every penny raised is reaching some of the most vulnerable individuals world-wide.
“Making a will with a professional solicitor is one of the most important pieces of paperwork a person can complete and yet millions of people put it off,” he said.
“This is just one of a number of reasons why we choose to donate our time for Will Aid.”
Paul Morgan, from the British Red Cross, paid the firm a visit today to present them with a certificate to thank them for their achievement.
He said: “We are very grateful to Fussell Wright and the Will Aid scheme for this generous contribution.
“The Red Cross uses donations to reach people in crisis, here in the UK and all around the world.
“£300 could help feed 10 families in Syria for a month.
“£100 could help train four people in life-saving first aid skills here in the UK.
“And with £1,000 our UK volunteers could give five people the support they need to readjust to life at home following a spell in hospital.”
Will Aid is a charity will-writing scheme that raises money for charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, Sightsavers, Age UK, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).
Campaign director Peter de Vena Franks said: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of these nine participating charities in the last 30 years.
“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 that having a professionally drawn up will brings.
“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Fussell Wright for their incredible efforts this year.”
Will Aid will run again in November 2019. Find out more by visiting www.willaid.org.uk