A SOLICITOR firm from Worcestershire is aiming to raise vital funds for nine of the UK’s best loved charities after signing up for Will Aid, the annual charity will writing campaign.

HCB Solicitors, which has offices in Redditch and Evesham, has joined Will Aid, a scheme which sees solicitors across the UK give up their time in November to write wills for local people, in return for a donation.

Anne Jenkin-Smith, senior associate solicitor from the firm, said: “We are very excited to be involved in the Will Aid campaign this year. 

“It gives us an excellent opportunity to reach people in our community who do not have a will and help them to protect their loved ones for the future.

“It also means we can raise funds for nine incredible charities which make a huge difference to millions of vulnerable people both here in the UK and around the world.”

The Will Aid scheme takes place across the UK from November 1 to 30, and supports the life-changing work of ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N Ireland).

It has raised more than £19 million for these charities since it launched in 1988.

Campaign director Peter de Vena Franks said: “One in three people die in the UK without making a will, often leaving confusion and chaos at an already difficult time.

“Will Aid encourages people to prepare this vital document and at the same time making a real difference by raising money for the partner charities.

“We are thrilled that HCB Solicitors has joined this year’s campaign.”

Law firms across the county are being asked to sign up and pledge a portion of their time to write basic wills, waiving their normal fee, and instead asking clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid.

Donations are then shared amongst the partner charities.

The recommended donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.

For more information about how to sign up or how to make an appointment to write a will visit willaid.org.uk/solicitors.