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Nottinghamshire law firm Tallents Solictors, with branches in Newark, Southwell and Mansfield, raises thousands for charity Will Aid campaign

A law firm has raised an incredible amount of money for charity and has become one of the highest donating firms across the UK this year.

Tallents Solicitors — which has branches in Newark, Southwell and Mansfield — has this year raised £9,525 by participating in an annual charity will-writing campaign.

The 250-year-old law firm has taken part in the Will Aid campaign since 2015, in which they volunteering their time and expertise to write wills and, instead of charging their usual fees for writing basic Wills, invite clients to make a donation to Will Aid.

Tallents Solicitors team, with Sarah Allen (centre back) and Jayne Owens (back right). Photo: Tallents Solicitors
Tallents Solicitors team, with Sarah Allen (centre back) and Jayne Owens (back right). Photo: Tallents Solicitors

In the past nine years the firm has raised a grand total of £71,008 for the cause, which donations shared between the campaign’s nine partner charities in the UK and around the world.

Sarah Allen, head of Wills, Trust and Probate at Tallents, said: “The entire team is very proud to take part in Will Aid and we’re delighted to have given so many people the reassurance of knowing they have a professionally written will.

“We love taking part in the campaign and to raise so much for charity again this year was a real team effort.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to know that such well-deserving charities will benefit, helping people both here in the UK and abroad who are facing challenging times.”

Jayne Owens from The British Red Cross visited the team to express thanks on behalf of the charity and Will Aid for their fundraising efforts.

She said: “We are so very grateful to Tallents Solicitors and the Will Aid scheme for their generous contribution.

“The British Red Cross uses these donations to reach people in crisis, both here in the UK and all around the world.”

Sarah added: “Participating in fundraising like this for Will Aid has been part of the ethos at Tallents Solicitors since Philip Tallents first opened the firm’s doors for business in January 1774.

“We are very proud to still be making significant contributions to the community, alongside our unwavering dedication to providing exceptional legal services.”

Collectively the generosity of solicitors who have taken part in Will Aid since it launched in 1988 has helped raise more than £24 million for charity in donations alone, with many millions more in pledged charitable legacies.

Jonathan Chase, chairman of Will Aid, said: “Huge congratulations to the team at Tallents Solicitors for raising such a staggering amount this year.

“It’s amazing that so many solicitors give their time to volunteer so generously using their expertise to help people gain peace of mind by getting a professionally written will while fundraising for our incredible charities who do such crucial and life-changing work in the UK and around the world.

“On behalf of all the partner charities, a massive thank you and well done to Tallents Solicitors and all the firms who have taken part this year!”

Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid’s campaign director, added: “What a great team effort from everyone who has taken part in this year’s Will Aid campaign.

“Thank you to everyone who has harnessed their expertise and generosity to give their time, helping to protect people’s wishes and supporting such worthwhile partner charities who are changing lives for the better.”

Will Aid takes place every November and involves solicitors waiving the fee for writing a basic will and instead inviting clients to make an upfront donation to Will Aid.

The suggested donation for a basic single Will is £100, and £180 for a pair of mirror Wills.

Donations are shared between Will Aid’s partner charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trócaire.

To meet the continued demand each year, Will Aid needs more solicitors to take part.

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