Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vet charity PDSA launches nationwide Free Wills scheme

Veterinary charity PDSA, which provides care for sick and injured pets of people in need, has launched a nationwide Free Wills service for pet lovers and is seeking solicitors to join its programme.

The charity’s vets and nurses provide over two million treatments every year, helping 300,000 owners who would otherwise be unable to afford veterinary care for their pets. Two out of three treatments are funded by gifts in wills, making the charity one of the UK’s most popular beneficiaries among legators.

Ruth Lister, PDSA’s Legacy Development Manager, says: “Legacies make up a vital part of PDSA’s funding. When we piloted our Free Wills offer, we had a fantastic response from animal lovers who chose to leave a gift to us. This lasting legacy shows their love for pets by helping us provide our life-saving veterinary services across the UK.”

PDSA will pay participating solicitors a fee to write a simple or mirror will. Clients may then choose to leave a gift to PDSA in their will, although this is not compulsory.

“PDSA has been saving, protecting and healing pets for nearly 100 years and we are one of the most popular animal charities to offer this free will service,” said Ruth. “We hope solicitors will add us to their current list of free will charities, or work with us to provide free wills for the first time.”

PDSA’s offer of a simple will or codicil is available to individuals or couples over the age of 50, with solicitors able to build up ‘will banks’.

Dominic Mackenzie of Ison Harrison Solicitors, Leeds, said: “Partnering with PDSA on their Free Will offer has given us the opportunity to secure long-term business with clients who require executor and other services. It is also a great way to demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility, supporting a charity that helps hundreds of thousands of pets each year.”

As well as a nationwide offering, PDSA’s Free Wills programme will be focusing its offer in the following areas in the coming months:
  • Essex
  • Oxford
  • East Kent
  • Southampton
  • Portsmouth
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • East Sussex
For more information about joining PDSA’s Free Will scheme, please visit www.pdsa.org.uk/freewill or contact Ruth Lister on 01952 797 274 or lister.ruth@pdsa.org.uk.

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