Exeter solicitors Cartridges Law have pledged to support Age UK Exeter after the charity’s finances were placed under severe pressure by the coronavirus pandemic.
The St Thomas-based law firm will be donating £50 from every new will and lasting power of attorney instruction and £100 from every deputyship and probate instruction to the charity until the end of September.
Martyn Rogers, chief executive of Age UK Exeter, welcomed the initiative. He said: ‘Age UK Exeter’s finances have been severely hit as all its group-based activities, help for older people to get out and about, and fundraising events have had to cease due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘The charity is still providing telephone support and two metre distanced visits to hundreds of older people in the city, as well supporting over 120 carers of people with dementia and providing information and advice for those who need help with benefits or planning for the future. These vital services are all under-resourced and, with the charity’s reserves now under severe pressure, we need all the help we can get if we are to continue to meet the needs of local people.’
Karyna Squibb, Associate Legal Executive and Head of Private Client at Cartridges Law, said: ‘We have supported Age UK Exeter over many years, from practical support with their Budding Friends programme where we helped dig their allotment, to inviting them into our office to enjoy carols at Christmas.
‘We know just how vital their services are to our community and see first-hand the important work they do for older people. As with many organisations, Age UK Exeter has been drastically affected by the coronavirus pandemic and because of this may be forced to close its Cowick Street premises, while continuing their city-wide community support role from its premises in Mount Pleasant.
‘Our role in the community, particularly the St Thomas area, is extremely important to us and as a company we wanted to do something to help them at this time through making these donations on new instructions.’
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