Make a will today and raise money for charity - Howarth

November 13, 2008 9:56 AM

Cambridge MP David Howarth has urged residents to take advantage of a scheme which allows them to draw up a will and raise money for charity at the same time.

Will Aid runs throughout this month and solicitors taking part will draw up a basic will free of charge. In return they hope clients will choose to donate to charity the fee they would normally have been charged for the service.

"It is vital that people take the time to draw up a will to make sure their intentions are clear in the event of their death and to safeguard their family's security." said Mr Howarth. "But it is easy with all the demands on our time to put it off to another day.

"This scheme is excellent in, not only bringing the need to make a will to people's attention but giving them a really good reason to make it top priority and get it done. By drawing up a will they can put their affairs in order and helping good causes at the same time."

Will Aid will help nine charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Help the Aged, NSPCC, Save the Children UK, Sight Savers International, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).

The suggested donation is £75 for a single will, £110 for a pair of matching wills or £40 for a codicil to an existing will.

To find out more about the scheme, phone the hotline on 0300 0300 013, or visit to find a participating solicitor.

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