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Lawyers raise over £3,500 for hospitals charity

Solicitors at the Cheltenham office of law firm Lodders have raised over £3,500 for the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.

The lawyers gave their time for free in the charity's first-ever Make a Will scheme.

Lodders' team of private client solicitors wrote 44 wills in return for a donation to the charity by clients supporting the scheme.

Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity (CGHC) raises money to create the best possible experience for patients and their families by funding extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS.

Lodders' Jessica Beddows and Natalie Smith presented the £3,550 cheque to Richard Smith, head of fundraising at Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity.

Richard said: "To have raised £3,550 is incredible, and we are very grateful to Lodders and everyone who took part in Make a Will Month.

"Lodders has been fantastic to work with; we have had very positive feedback from people who took part, and we really appreciate this amazing support."

Jessica Beddows, a partner in Lodders' private client team,said: "We were delighted to support our local hospitals with the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity's first-ever Make a Will month fundraising scheme, and thrilled to have raised so much money."

Private Client solicitor Natalie Smith added: "It is important to have a professionally written and up-to-date will to ensure that your wishes are carried out and to guarantee that there are no issues for loved ones if you should die without a will, or one that is not valid and up-to-date.

Richard added: "Support like this makes a real impact on our work, helping to create the best possible experience for patients and their families by funding extra care and equipment in our local hospitals.

"Recent donations have funded everything from rise and recline chairs which give extra comfort to cancer patients receiving chemotherapy to jaundice meters which safeguard new babies from serious illness."

Picture caption: Richard Smith, head of fundraising at Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity, with Lodders' Natalie Smith (left) and Jessica Beddows.

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