Judge & Priestley Solicitors honoured for helping to secure vital funds for Cancer Research UK

Judge & Priestley Solicitors of West Street, Bromley, has been recognised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £2.5 million worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will.

The Private Client team at the firm were presented with a gold certificate to acknowledge the firm’s ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in Bromley for the past 5 years, giving guidance and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one.

David Chandra Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate commented “We are delighted to have helped raise such a sum to support the Cancer Research UK and to have used our skills and expertise to help people in the community protect their assets. As a firm our commitment to charities is very important to us.”

As part of the service, Judge  & Priestley gives guidance for 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. Traditionally this is money but it could be anything that has a monitory value like an estate or 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, explained: “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 Judge & Priestley in Bromley to offer local people aged 55 or over the chance to make an all-important first will or to update an existing one. The service has grown in popularity over the past couple of years and while it is provided free of any obligation, the vast majority of people choose to kindly leave a gift to the charity.

It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards the firm has helped secure over £2.5 million worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Every step taken by its doctors, nurses and scientists relies on donations from the public and the kindness of supporters who choose to leave a gift in their will.

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 Judge & Priestley on 0208 290 0333.

For further information, please contact Nita nnewsome@judge-priestley.co.uk

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