Giving back to a special charity09-10-2019
Supporting our local community is one of the building blocks of our philosophy here at James Legal.
We’ve provided free legal surgeries, participated in cultural events such as Hull Pride, and donated our time, services and sponsorship to a variety of worthy causes in Hull and East Yorkshire, not to mention organising our annual Inspiring Business competition and seminars to support local SMEs.
One charity that holds a special place in our hearts is Dove House Hospice, based in Hull’s Chamberlain Road, which provides outstanding care for people living with life-limiting illnesses.
This is partly as a result of our own contact with the charity, but also because of the many great things our clients and their relatives have told us about the exceptional palliative care it offers, including the way it strives to ensure people in its care have as good a quality of life as possible in sometimes very difficult circumstances.
Make a Will Fortnight
Dove House relies on funds raised locally, and so, when we were first approached to take place in its ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ fundraiser back in 2013, we were more than happy to do so, and have continued to support this brilliant idea every September since.
The way the scheme works is that clients can ask us to prepare a basic Will for them and, instead of charging them a fee, we give our service for free and ask them to make a donation to Dove House instead, in line with what our fees would have been.
We’ve just completed this year’s Make a Will Fortnight and are pleased to say it was another resounding success! Led by Senior Solicitor Chris Hutchinson – who specialises in areas such as Wills and estate planning – we’ve raised over £6,500 over the years for the charity, while simultaneously giving over 50 clients the peace of mind that their Will has been securely drawn up by an experienced lawyer.
Chris said: “Dove House is such an incredible charity, it touches so many people’s lives in the local community. It’s an honour for us to be involved in its Make a Will Fortnight, and we feel very proud to be able to support Dove House in any way we can.”
Some members of the James Legal team have visited the hospice to present our donations and also witness their amazing work with patients and their families.
Dove House Hospice Regional Fundraiser Jethro Shearring said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of all at James Legal. Chris and the team have been passionate supporters of the hospice for a number of years and consistently go the extra mile on behalf of our patients. It was a pleasure to show Chris and his colleagues around the hospice earlier this year, as they saw first-hand the difference their support has made.”
Focus on fundraising
To date, James Legal has written a substantial number of ‘free’ Wills in collaboration with numerous charities, helping them to benefit from thousands of pounds in donations as well as significant amounts left in legacies.
Our Founder and CEO Nick Miller said: “Our mantra is centred on taking a fresh approach to law. One of the most important elements of that is actively participating in the life of the city in which we’re based.
“Our team are passionate about giving something back and regularly engage in or create opportunities to support local organisations to help enhance the lives of people in Hull and the East Riding.”
If you are interested in making a Will and, get in touch with us for a no-obligation initial chat via firstname.lastname@example.org or (01482) 225566.