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Scottish Law Firm Supports Charity Aiding Vulnerable People Around the World - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Scottish Law Firm Supports Charity Aiding Vulnerable People Around the World

A law firm with offices in Perthshire, Tayside and Stirlingshire has raised almost £9,000 to support vulnerable people through a charity will-writing scheme. 

Macnabs raised a total of £8,960 for charity will-writing campaign Will Aid last November, after its staff volunteered their time and expertise in return for a voluntary donation. 

Donations raised by participating firms during Will Aid month are shared between the campaign’s nine partner charities – one of which being the British Red Cross. 

The charity is currently one of many ramping up support for people affected by the war in Ukraine, which has seen millions flee their home to escape the conflict. Its vital role includes reuniting refugees with their families. 

As well as supporting victims of the war, the charity is also aiding children in Afghanistan and is on hand to provide emergency response here in the UK in the wake of natural disasters or extremism. 

Sarah Mitchell, Partner at Macnabs, said taking part in Will Aid is an important part of the firm’s community outreach. 

She added: “It’s a great way for clients to put their finances in order, think about their future, and make a will, while at the same time donate to some very worthy charities.  

“We are happy to give up our time to help the cause.” 

Sarah added the pandemic saw an increase in requests for wills, with the firm writing 63 during November 2021 as part of the Will Aid campaign. 

“The pandemic made people realise how precious life is and prompted them to think about their future and look out for loved ones,” she said. 

“Even if you don’t think you have much to account for, it’s important to think about your loved ones. 

“Without a will you have no control over what will happen to your money, possessions and property after you die, often leading to stressful, and also costly, family disputes.” 

Macnabs has raised more than £70,000 for Will Aid over its 11 campaigns.  

The suggested voluntary donation for a single will at a participating firm is £100 and £180 for a pair of mirror wills.  

That money can help buy chlorine tablets to provide families with safe drinking water, or urgent medical supplies. It could also fund sleeping matts and blankets for those forced to flee their homes in countries around the world – as well as those in crisis in the UK. 

Brian Sharkey, community legacy manager at the British Red Cross, said: “Every day, charities are helping people around the world in desperate need.  

“Initiatives like Will Aid are vital to help charities like ours continue to be there for those through the worst of times. 

“We are incredibly grateful to Macnabs for their support.” 

Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, added: “2021 was another extremely challenging year. 

“But thanks to the commitment of local solicitors who took taking part in last year’s campaign, our partner charities can continue to provide the support vulnerable people rightly deserve, such as those affected by conflict and disaster. 

“I would like to pass on my heartfelt gratitude to Macnabs for their incredible work in the face of what was another year disrupted heavily by the pandemic.” 

Running since 1988, Will Aid has raised more than £22million in donations and many millions more in pledged legacies. 

This year’s campaign will begin in November, with those looking for more information encouraged to visit www.willaid.org.uk.  

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