WBW Solicitors has been recognised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £2 million worth of gifts in the last ten years from people choosing to support the charity through their Wills.

Catherine Causey of WBW solicitors in Newton Abbot was presented with a special certificate to acknowledge the support by Ros Fry, South West Legacy Manager for Cancer Research UK. Following the presentation she welcomed supporters at the Cancer Research UK shop in Queen Street, alongside WBW solicitor Donna Rowland. Supporters were invited to come and say hello and discover how gifts in wills fund life saving research.

Cancer Research UK relies heavily on people leaving gifts in their Wills to continue its life-saving work. Over a third of its research into finding better ways to treat, diagnose and prevent cancer is funded through legacy giving.

The charity’s Regional Legacy Manager for the South West, Ros Fry, explained: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives when we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs when we’re no longer around.

“At Cancer Research UK we work with a number of local solicitors to offer a free Will service to anyone aged 55 or over, enabling individuals to make an all-important first Will or update an existing Will.

“The service is becoming more and more popular and while it is provided free of any obligation, the vast majority of people choose to leave a gift to the charity as they appreciate the progress we are making and our absolute determination to keep more families together for longer.”

WBW has been partnering with Cancer Research UK over the past twelve years and throughout this time it has enabled many people to fulfil their wish of remembering the charity in their Will.

Catherine Causey of WBW said: “WBW Solicitors is really proud to receive this special recognition from Cancer Research UK. It is a truly inspiring charity which has been responsible for many of the key advances that have been made in the fight against cancer over recent decades. And it continues to look ahead, pushing the boundaries of medical science.

“To have played a small part in enabling such progress to happen has been an honour and a privilege for us.”

Cancer Research UK’s Regional Legacy Manager, Ros Fry, added: “Catherine Causey of WBW Solicitors might just tell you that she and her colleagues are only doing their job in helping people to plan their affairs and support the charity of their choice. But it goes far beyond that.

“The firm has become well informed about Cancer Research UK’s work and is very supportive of the progress we are making. Next summer they will be sponsoring the local fundraising group’s annual Summer Ball and we are delighted that two of the committee were able to share this celebration.

“Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, WBW Solicitor’s staff act with great sensitivity as they explain the various options and allow individuals or families to make the right choice in their own good time.

“It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards, WBW Solicitors has helped secure over £2 million worth of legacy gifts in the last ten years, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

Research has been responsible for saving nearly 520,000 lives in the UK since the 1980s and as the advances accelerate, Cancer Research UK is already laying the foundations for the next generation of cancer treatments that will save millions of lives worldwide.

Progress in research has seen survival rates for children’s cancer more than double since the 1960s and men with testicular cancer having close to a 100 per cent chance of beating the disease. And women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease as those diagnosed 40 years ago.

Cancer Research UK spends £25 m on world class research in the South West every year.

For more information about leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or call Ros Fry on 01308 423805

Or visit www.wbw.co.uk for more information about WBW solicitors