A MALVERN law firm raised nearly £6,000 after taking part in Will Aid 2013. The Private Client Department at Gaynor-Smith Owen & Co in Barnards Green, announced a fundraising total of £5,785.50 through making or updating wills in return for a donation to the charity. The money will be 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, Gaynor-Smith Owen & Co drew up around 65 basic wills for local people without charging the usual fee. Stephen Climo, head of the private client department said: "We had a very busy and successful campaign and are pleased to have provided this service to local people, giving their families the security of a properly drafted will, as well as the opportunity to support popular charities. We really enjoyed meeting many new local clients and would like to thank those who took part and donated so generously and helped make our fundraising efforts such a success.

"We are particularly proud to have been involved in this Will Aid’s 25th Anniversary campaign and to have been able to contribute such a healthy sum. The money we have raised will be added to the nationwide total, which currently stands at over £1.5m and is expected to exceed £2m once all the money is in. This will be put to work to make a real and lasting difference to vulnerable children, families and older people in the UK and around the world.”