A Wilmslow law firm has called on the local community to support its ongoing Free Wills campaign in hopes of raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK, a charity that funds research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment cancer, and has two charity shops. in the city.
The initiative is part of the charity’s Free Wills Service and sees Aticus Law, which has an office on Water Lane, once again offering people over the age of 18 the option of having their wills produced by a legal professional completely free.
In return, many participants make a legacy gift – a gift left in their will – which enables Cancer Research UK to carry out long-term research projects leading to new treatments and cures.
Over the past few years, Aticus Law has helped raise over £111,000 from wills they have produced on behalf of clients through the Free Wills service – funds used to buy vital equipment such as incubators which help to keep cell samples warm so they can study their behavior in the body and fund the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.
By the end of the year, the law firm’s fundraising efforts are also being supported by High Street businesses banding together to raise awareness and encourage as many people as possible to sign up.
Safia Iftikhar, head of wills, trusts and estates at Aticus Law, said this year’s campaign also had the added benefit of getting people to visit the high street and showing support for local businesses that have suffered in recent years because of the pandemic.
She said: “Cancer is a horrible disease, which sadly affects most people at one point or another in their lives. As a company, we wanted to show our support for the vital work that Cancer Research UK is doing and we are delighted to offer the expertise of our Wills team as part of the Free Wills Service offered by the association.
“This is a particularly exciting time for the campaign as many businesses in and around the High Street have also signed up to support the cause. We hope we can raise a really significant amount for this wonderful charity and are calling on members of the local community who do not yet have the will to reach out.”
Gifts in Wills also makes a significant contribution to the ongoing work of the Manchester Cancer Research UK Institute, which provides cutting-edge research that accelerates the transition from discovery in the laboratory to the clinic for the benefit of people affected by cancer.
It is also home to one of Cancer Research UK’s RadNet Centers of Excellence, which together form a network that aims to improve cancer survival by optimizing and personalizing radiotherapy. Last year alone, the charity invested almost £28million in exciting research projects and patient trials in the North West.
Commenting on the funding raised through Gifts in Wills, Helen Soutar, Cancer Research UK’s Legacy Partnership Manager for the North of England region, said: “Gifts in Wills brings the work of researchers to life by funding more than a third of our lifesaving research and enabling future-proofing research projects through long-term funding Each breakthrough inspires the next, leading us to a world where everyone can live longer and better, without fear of cancer .
“Over the past 40 years, cancer survival has doubled in part thanks to pioneering research from Cancer Research UK, funded by the generosity of our supporters. Cancer Research UK wants to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 people survive their cancer by 2034.”
“Funds left to the charity through Gifts in Wills are a vital source of income for Cancer Research UK and we are extremely grateful to everyone who signs up for the Cancer Research UK Free Wills service and Aticus Law for providing their legal expertise.”
Over the coming month, members of the local community visiting Rise Café, American Nail Studio, Fiber Hair Dressing, Eerox Barbers or The Grove will be able to book their free Will consultation using the QR code displayed at each location, or by visiting website here: https://www.aticuslaw.co.uk/cruk-free-wills
Safia from Aticus added: “No one likes to talk about death, but making a will is so important because there are certain rules that dictate how your money, property or possessions should be distributed when you die.
“A will not only means that your wishes will be listened to, but it also helps to alleviate some of the stress that your loved ones may feel after your death. It also means that if you wish to leave a bequest to a charity that has touched your life and that of your loved ones, this can also be taken into account.”