A law firm has raised enough money to help build a dam, plant tree seedlings and teach farmers how to plant drought-resistant crops in third world countries.

Tallents Solicitors in Nottinghamshire raised £14,330 after taking part in Will Aid, a national campaign which invites solicitors to volunteer some of their time in the month of November to write wills in exchange for a voluntary donation to Will Aid.

The donations raised benefit the vital work of the nine partner charities – one of which is Christian Aid.

TALLENTS SOLICITORS FUNDRAISING HELPS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE

Tallents Solicitors were the third highest fundraiser for Will Aid in 2019

Tallents Solicitors were the third highest fundraiser in the UK for Will Aid 2019. The team is pictured here with Nick Thorley from Christian Aid.

Nick Thorley from Christian Aid said the sum was the equivalent of what would be needed to provide life changing resources for hundreds of people living in some of the world’s hottest climates.

He said: “Due to the climate crisis, droughts are now more frequent and intense in Kenya meaning that water is scarce, and crops are dying.

“This kind of money could help to pay for things like a wheelbarrow to help a community build a life-changing dam, as well as tree seedlings to restore their natural environment.

“It could also help to educate farmers on how to plant drought-resistant crops and provide them with seeds so that they can survive dry spells.

“The country is in turmoil and more than a million people face starvation if nothing is done to help provide resources.”

Christian Aid believes everyone should have access to help so they can build a hopeful future.

“We deliver lasting results for millions of people living in these communities, including those hardest to reach but in order to do this effectively we need money.

“That is why we are incredibly grateful to firms like Tallents Solicitors who take part in Will Aid.

“They have enabled us to help people like Faith and her family who, before they had a dam built nearby, couldn’t grow crops. The lack of water meant that they didn’t have enough to eat or sell so this meant they were regularly suffering from hunger.

“By giving up their time, Tallents Solicitors have managed to raise a significant sum and by demonstrating the type of project that this money could fund, we hope they can see what a tangible difference their efforts can make.”

Sarah Allen, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate from Tallents Solicitors said the team had written more than 120 wills during November to raise £14,330.

THIRD HIGHEST FUNDRAISING FIRM IN THE UK

This is the fifth year the firm has taken part in the month-long fundraiser and their total raised to date is £45,458. This year Tallents Solicitors were the third highest fundraising firm in the UK for Will Aid.

Sarah Allen from the firm said: “Making a will with a professional solicitor is one of the most important pieces of paperwork a person can complete and yet millions of people put it off.

“This is just one of a number of reasons why we choose to donate our time for Will Aid. We also understand that the donations we raise reach some of the most vulnerable individuals world-wide, changing lives for the better.”

Will Aid raises money for charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, Sightsavers, Age UK, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director, said: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of these nine participating charities since 1988.

“Thanks to the commitment of local solicitors that took part in this year’s Will Aid, many people both in the UK and abroad will receive life-changing support and local people who used the scheme have the peace of mind that having a professionally drawn up will brings.

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Tallents Solicitors for their incredible efforts this year.”

Will Aid will run again in November 2020. Find out more by visiting www.willaid.org.uk