Local solicitors back Air Ambulance ‘will’ fundraiser

Two local solicitors are participating in a will-making scheme to help raise funds for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 3:50 pm

In recognition of the fact that 80% of Northern Ireland adults don’t have a will, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is pleased to launch ‘Organise Your Will’ campaign, a new initiative working in partnership with local solicitors.

McGill Solicitors in Ballycastle and McIntosh Solicitors in Coleraine are participating.

Throughout the months of March and April, participating solicitors will waive their fee for basic wills and pairs of wills and instead request a donation to the charity.

John McGill, Principal Solicitor, McGill Solicitors, said: “Making a Will in normal circumstances is a task that is easily put off as something people may prefer not to think about. Yet for many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased awareness.

“For some this is prompted partly by the natural concern of serious illness, but also many clients find they have the time just now to think about what they would like to happen in the event of heir death. We are delighted to be supporting Air Ambulance NI’s ‘Organise your will’ campaign.

“Making a will is one of the most important things you can do for your families and good causes and it gives you the comfort of knowing that the rewards of your life’s work will be distributed and managed according to your wishes. Make an enquiry today to ensure your tomorrows are taken care of.”

Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Air Ambulance NI said: “Air Ambulance NI’s ‘Organise your Will’ campaign not only raises awareness of the fact that 80% of adults in NI do not have a Will but the campaign also enables us to raise awareness of the importance of gifts in wills for our charity. Those who decide to leave a gift in their Will to Air Ambulance NI will play a huge part in sustaining the service for generations to come.

“We are pleased that so many solicitors across NI are working with the charity to offer this service and waiving their fees to keep the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operational. Traditional means of fundraising have ceased, so this is a practical way for the charity to raise funds and for

people to ensure their wills are written and up to date. Whilst lockdown creates challenges for solicitor meetings, our participating solicitors have creative solutions in terms of video conference calls, outdoor signatures and various measures to ensure validity.“

For more information and a list of solicitors who are supporting the ‘Organise your Will’ campaign please contact Grace Williams on [email protected] or call 028 9262 2677.