An innovative scheme jointly run by the UK’s leading network of legal firms QualitySolicitors and children’s charity Barnardo’s has been recognised with a National Fundraising Award. QualitySolicitors firms across the country took part and supported the initiative last year including Accrington-based AcklamBond, Stockport-based Belshaws and Wirral-based David Roberts & Co.

The Barnardo’s Will Scheme won the Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign at the Institute of Fundraising’s (IoF) National Fundraising Awards. Now in its 27th year, the IoF recognises the companies, individuals, campaigns and schemes that have excelled in their fundraising efforts and rewards best practice in the Voluntary Sector.

The winning campaign gives participants the opportunity to have a positive impact on future generations of vulnerable children by remembering Barnardo’s in their Will, alongside family and friends, at no cost to them, via a local solicitor from QualitySolicitors. Since the partnership began in 2010, over 3000 people have been kind enough to have remembered Barnardo’s in their Will.

Jill Walker, participant of the Will Scheme said: “You only have to hear the plight of one Barnardo’s child and the memory stays with you forever.  This highly regarded charity, with its wonderful history and a bright progressive future, was a natural choice as a major beneficiary of my Will, in the knowledge that it will enrich the lives of many children in the years to come. The partnership with QualitySolicitors enabled me to remember Barnardo’s through a professionally written Will, the process was simple giving me peace of mind and it didn’t cost me a penny!”

Dylan Carroll, Senior Relationships Manager at Barnardo’s, said: “Through our collaboration with QualitySolicitors, kind supporters of Barnardo’s our work can make a direct impact on the lives of beneficiaries who will turn to us for support in the future. We are immensely proud that our partnership has been recognised with this prestigious sector award and we look forward to working closely with QualitySolicitors for many years to come.”

David Pope, Managing Director of QualitySolicitors said: “It’s great to hear that our network has won Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign at the National Fundraising Awards for the amazing partnership we have with Barnardo’s. We are delighted that we are able to assist the disadvantaged children that Barnardo’s strives to help through the Wills scheme and the various fundraising events and challenges that we hold throughout the year.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Brewery in London last week at the Institute of Fundraising’s annual convention.

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