BLYTHE Liggins Solicitors has been been recognised by Cancer Research UK after its ‘free wills’ campaigns secured more than £800,000 worth of legacies to the charity.
Donna Bothamley, head of wills and probate at the Leamington law firm, who was presented with a certificate of appreciation for the firm’s ongoing support, said her department had been offering the free will service to people aged 55 and over in Leamington and the surrounding area for the past 20 years.
As part of the service, Blythe Liggins gives advice and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one, together with guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK.
Mrs Bothamley said: “The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills. More than a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded in this way.
“A legacy gift is traditionally money but it can be anything that has a monetary value, such as an estate or a specific item. Anything left to Cancer Research UK can be marked to be ring-fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area.”
Clare Moore, director of legacies at Cancer Research UK, said everyone reached a stage in their lives when they started to look ahead and consider their financial affairs.
“It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards Blythe Liggins has helped secure more than £826,000 worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”
For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or call Blythe Liggins on 01926 831231.