Category: Personal Law

Record-Breaker Lauren Smith


Sheffield and Doncaster law firm Taylor Bracewell has raised a record-breaking sum for charity through the annual Will Aid scheme.

Lauren Smith, Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts at the firm single-handedly raised £26,365 last year whilst being seven months pregnant with her first child, Greyson. This total tops the most raised in a single Will Aid month, which asks lawyers to write Wills for local people in exchange for a donation.

Their great achievement places them top of the fundraisers for Will Aid 2016 and in the top 20 fundraisers of all time.

Lauren Smith, Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts at the firm, said: “I was determined to do as much as I could to be the number one fundraising firm for 2016. After coming second last year, I had the bit between my teeth and went over and above to achieve this.

“I am so proud that the hard work has paid off and the nine great charities as well as will writers who have now secured their future will benefit.

“As a mother, I cannot stress the importance of writing a will to ensure that you are protecting what happens to your children if the worst should happen. I hope this story might inspire other solicitors to join the scheme as well as encourage parents to sign up and get their will created through Will Aid in 2017.”

John Coulthurst from the British Red Cross paid the firm a visit today to present them with a certificate to thank them for their achievement.
John said: “We are very grateful to Taylor Bracewell and the Will Aid scheme for this generous contribution.
“The Red Cross uses donations to reach people in crisis, here in the UK and all around the world.
“With £60 we could provide 16 thermal blankets for people in need in Syria.
With £300 we could provide 50 clean delivery kits for midwives in Myanmar.
And with £1,000 we could provide five people with the support they need to readjust to life at home following a spell in hospital, here in the UK.”

Will Aid, now in its 29th year, is a charity scheme that raises money for nine charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, Sightsavers, Age UK, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for Will Aid said: “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of the nine participating charities and last year was no exception. Thanks to the commitment of local solicitors that took part in this year’s Will Aid, many people both in the UK and abroad will receive life-changing support and local people who used the scheme have the peace of mind thanks to having a professionally drawn up will.

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Lauren at Taylor Bracewell and let her know that thanks to her, lives will change for the better and people who need it will continue to receive the help and support that the charities work so hard to provide.

“Solicitors from Yorkshire raised an incredible amount of money in 2016, but we need more solicitors if we are to satisfy demand. Please sign up and donate time in 2017. Being part of Will Aid will raise the profile of your firm in your local community and bring new clients to your door, and all whilst supporting nine of the UK’s best loved charities.”

Will Aid will run again in November 2017. Solicitors and anyone who wants to make a Will can find out more by visiting