Leading Midlands Law Firm Sydney Mitchell Solicitors has been recogised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £2.9million worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will.

£2.9m legacy gifts from Sydney Mitchell LLP clientsTracy Creed and the private client team at Sydney Mitchell Solicitors were presented with a gold certificate to acknowledge the firms ongoing support. The firm has been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in Shirley, Sheldon and Birmingham for the past 20 years, giving advice and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one.

As part of the service, Sydney Mitchell Solicitors give 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.

Tracy Creed, Partner and Head of Wills Trusts and Probate commented,

We are so pleased to have been able to support this excellent charity in the knowledge that the research into cancer is helping so many people. It is amazing the amount of money that our clients have promised over the years.  Cancer Research UK does so much to develop cancer treatments that can only happen with the generosity and support of the public.

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 monetary 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 Sydney Mitchell Solicitors 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.

By offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, Sydney Mitchell Solicitors has become well informed about our work and are very supportive of our life-saving research. Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, Sydney Mitchell Solicitors staff act with great sensitivity as they explain the various options and allow individuals or families to make the right choice in their own good time.

It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards Sydney Mitchell Solicitors have helped secure over £2.9million 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 Sydney Mitchell Solicitors 0121 746 3300

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