Having your will professionally written can give you and your loved ones a sense of security and peace of mind.
Will Aid is a great opportunity not only to get your affairs in order, but at the same time to help thousands of people in need around the world.
Every November, solicitors across the country take part in Will Aid month. They give their time to draw up your will and waive their fee - in exchange for a donation to one of nine charities. Christian Aid is one of them.
This November, Will Aid celebrates its 25th anniversary. So far it has raised over £100 million for a range of good causes, both in the UK and overseas.
Last year alone 24,000 people used the service, raising almost £2.1 million in donations and Gift Aid.
How Will Aid works
Reverend Pat Bhutta, a Christian Aid supporter and retired solicitor, talks about Will Aid and explains how the donations raised help to support the work of Christian Aid.
How do I contact a participating solicitor?
The Will Aid website – www.willaid.org.uk – has a list of all the solicitors in your area. Alternatively, you can call the Will Aid hotline on 0300 0300 013.
Once you have found a solicitor, you can contact them directly and state that you would like to make an appointment under the Will Aid scheme.
We do advise you to start making enquiries in early September because appointments under the scheme are often booked up very quickly.
How much should I donate?
Your donation is voluntary, but as the solicitor is giving their time and expertise for free, it should reflect the amount of professional time the solicitor is giving up.
Suggested levels of donation:
• £90 for a single will
• £135 for a pair of mirror wills
Can you help us raise awareness of Will Aid?
Any help that you can give to help us raise awareness of Will Aid would be gratefully appreciated.
You can do this in different ways - by sharing Will Aid flyers with your church, displaying posters or including a Will Aid article in your church magazine.
Downloadable resources are available below, or by getting in touch with your local Christian Aid office.
Need to know more about making a will?
For further information, to request a copy of Christian Aid’s will writing guide, or to discuss how a gift in your will can help our work to eradicate poverty, please contact our legacy manager, Alison Linwood, on 020 7523 2173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, if you would like to familiarise yourself with the process, you can visit the Will Aid website and print off a helpful will planner.
Christian Aid and Will Aid
Christian Aid has been a key member of Will Aid’s partnership since its launch in 1987 in response to the Ethiopian famine crises.
Over the 25 years since Will Aid began, thousands of participating solicitors across the UK have contributed £13.6 million in donations, and a further £95 million has been pledged as legacy gifts.
In 2012, Christian Aid received more than £220,000 from people making and renewing their wills through Will Aid. It also prompted more than 70 people to leave a gift for the work of Christian Aid in their wills.
Downloadable resources to help you raise awareness of Will Aid
Will Aid flyer
Use this flyer to share contact details needed to help find your nearest participating Will Aid solicitor.
Gift to the future flyer
Use this flyer to share more with others about the difference Will Aid donations and gifts in wills make to Christian Aid’s work.
Church magazine article
Use this church magazine article to share the impact of Will Aid with your local community and congregations.
If you would like to promote Will Aid on your church website, simply right click either of the following images and download the picture for use on your own website:
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