I am pleased to let your readers know that during November our firm once again took part in Will Aid.

Will Aid is the UK’s top charity will-writing scheme. It offers everyone the opportunity to make or update their will in return for a donation to help people in need in the UK and all over the world. This money is shared by nine well-known UK charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

As part of the Will Aid campaign, we drew up basic wills for local people without charging our usual fee. In return for this service, the clients made a donation to Will Aid.

We had a very busy and successful campaign and wrote more than 30 wills for local people. Their generous contributions mean that around £2,200 has been raised for Will Aid. An additional 25 per cent will be added to this through the Gift Aid scheme, making a total of £2,750.

We would like to thank all those clients who came to us during the Will Aid campaign, all of whom contributed to this fantastic total.

Craig Wood

Stormonth Darling WS

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Mary’s Meals would like to thank the InChorus Earth Appeal, local people and musical groups of Peebles for the fantastic event organised on behalf of our East Africa Appeal.

Mary’s Meals is now providing life-saving food to 40,000 children and families facing starvation in drought-stricken Somalia by giving around 200 tonnes of food aid to be delivered to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where tens of thousands of people have fled in search of food.

Mary’s Meals has teamed up with the African relief agency Gift of the Givers to provide around two million meals so far for those affected by the famine in Somalia.

The cost to provide one meal is just 4p, so the £3,082 raised by the appeal will allow Mary’s Meals to provide 70,000 life-saving meals.

Hannah Weddell

(fundraising support officer, Mary’s Meals)