This October, Barnardo’s are encouraging those aged 55 and over to consider leaving a gift in their Will and to take advantage of having a professionally drafted Will by QualitySolicitors Dunn and Baker at no cost.
Last year around 301,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, including young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, and those needing support with training and skills or parenting classes.
Growing up around domestic violence and drug abuse left Erica* looking for love and comfort. Erica was 15 when Daniel* began to message her online. He told her he was 17 but in reality he was 25. Daniel manipulated Erica to gain her trust – within a few weeks, he’d coerced her into sending explicit images and videos.
Erica’s school got in touch and Barnardo’s project worker Jo began supporting her. Jo helped her learn what a safe and healthy relationship was. But Erica’s need for emotional connection made it hard for her to see Daniel as dangerous. During one session, Erica excitedly shared that Daniel was taking her to stay at a hotel. Luckily, Jo was able to take action. By supporting Erica sensitively, Jo helped her see Daniel differently. Erica finally understood she was being groomed and agreed to let the police have her phone and laptop to arrest him. Erica’s still on her journey to recovery and Barnardo’s will support her for as long as she needs.
*Names changed and model used to protect identities
Dunn & Baker Solicitor’s Senior Partner and Head of the Private Client Department, Nick Penwell, said estate planning is not all about death but about “providing a better life for the people you love and the charitable causes that mean most to you”.
To pledge a legacy gift to Barnardo’s this October Will Month and receive a Will at no cost, contact QualitySolicitors Dunn and Baker by calling: 01392 285000 (Exeter), 01884 33818 (Cullompton), 01626 330127 (Newton Abbot).