Kitsons Solicitors honoured for pledging to beat cancer

The Torquay office of Devon law firm Kitsons has been recognised by Cancer Research UK after just this office alone facilitated over £2.4million worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their Will.

Kitsons was presented with a Gold certificate after generating total pledges to date worth £2,453,715, acknowledgement of the firm’s commitment to the cause.

Kitsons has been offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service to people in Devon for almost 22 years, giving guidance and support to those wishing to write a Will or update an existing one.

Being part of the service also includes advising people who may wish to leave a legacy gift to the charity.

Gifts in Wills fund over a third of the charity’s life-saving research. Without them, Cancer Research UK would not be able to undertake the vital research that will one day beat cancer for patients in Devon and across the UK.

Research has come a long way but cannot rest while people still suffer. That’s why Cancer Research UK is committed to ensuring 3 in 4 people diagnosed with this disease will survive for 10 years or more by 2034.

Lynn Smith, Head of Private Client, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised by Cancer Research UK in this way. Many of us at the firm have friends or family who have been affected by cancer. Together with clients’ pledges and ours, we are beating cancer for future generations”.

A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their Will. Traditionally this is money, but it could be anything that has a monetary value such as an estate or specific item.

Gifts in Wills fund science, leading to discoveries which cannot be unmade and progress which cannot be undone. Each breakthrough inspires the next until the day comes when nobody loses a loved one to cancer.

Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, said: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around.

“Our Free Will Service is provided without obligation and we are grateful to Kitsons for the expertise and sensitivity they show in providing clear information and guidance to help people in Devon make the best choices for them.

“By combining dedication with the highest professional standards, Kitsons has facilitated over £2.4million worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.

“It’s thanks to these vital donations and the generosity of our supporters that we are able to keep making progress in the fight against the disease.”

Together with their supporters, Cancer Research UK has played a role in developing 8 out the world’s top 10 cancer drugs; helped prove the link between tobacco and cancer, preventing millions of deaths worldwide and were a key player in the development of radiotherapy, which benefits more than 130,000 patients every year in the UK.

Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors nationwide. People using the service are asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but are under no obligation to do so.

For more information, visit cruk.org/freewillservice you can also visit Kitsons website or call 01803 202020