Chari-tea boost in the bag

Carolyn Tilly, left, and Victoria Cornfield, from Tilly Bailey & Irvine
Carolyn Tilly, left, and Victoria Cornfield, from Tilly Bailey & Irvine

A LAW firm used tea bags to back a charity and encourage more people to make wills.

Hartlepool law firm, Tilly Bailey & Irvine supported Remember a Charity Week during September.

To promote it, solicitors at the firm handed out tea bags to visitors to their offices in Hartlepool and Stockton.

Visitors were then encouraged to look after friends and family over a cup of tea, and also to consider leaving a gift to charity in their will.

Carolyn Tilly, partner at Tilly Bailey & Irvine and head of the firm’s probate, wills and trusts department, said: “Only a small proportion of the population set their affairs in order with a properly arranged will.

“The will doesn’t have to cost the earth and it gives you the peace of mind that your loved ones will be provided for.

“It also gives you the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.

“Legacies from supporters are the foundation of many good causes in the UK, and you don’t need to leave a lot to charity to make a difference.”

Remember a Charity Week is organised by Gifts in Wills, a foundation of more than 140 UK charities which work together to encourage people to leave a gift to charities in their wills.

Gifts in Wills says 74 per cent of the UK population support charities and, when asked, 35 per cent say they would be happy to leave a gift in their will once family and friends are provided for. But only seven per cent actually do.

The foundation says that if this figure was raised by four per cent it would generate an extra £1bn for UK charities every year.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine runs regular wills and probate surgeries from their offices in Hartlepool, Stockton and Wynyard, offering free initial advice on preparing a will.