A Pinner-based legal firm was awarded a silver certificate by Cancer Research UK for facilitating almost £580,000 worth of gifts from people leaving the charity in their will.
E M Collins & Co was presented with the certificate to acknowledge the firm’s ongoing support.
The firm has been offering the Free Will service to people aged 55 and over in Pinner for the past three years, giving guidance and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one.
As part of the service, the firm gives guidance to those wishing to leave a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK.
The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills. Over a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity.
A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their will.
Clare Moore, director of legacies at Cancer Research UK, said: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around.
“At Cancer Research UK, we work with a number of local solicitors, including E M Collins & Co in Pinner, to offer local people aged 55 or over the chance to make an all-important first will or to update an existing one.
“By offering the service, E M Collins & Co have become well informed about our work and are very supportive of our life-saving research. Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, E M Collins & Co staff act with great sensitivity.
“It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards, E M Collins & Co has helped secure £579,940 worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”
The Free Will service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors in the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but is under no obligation to do so.
For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or call Deniece Lines on 0208 866 1820