Pioneering legal charity gets help with national ambitions

David Cliff with Meg of Legacare

Gedanken, one of the North East’s leading business growth and coaching organisations, has provided support to help Legacare, a regional legal charity, to achieve its ambition of providing services throughout the UK.

Cramlington-based Legacare, which was founded by solicitor Meg Kirby, offers legal advice for people who are diagnosed with dementia, cancer and other life threatening illnesses, and who cannot afford to employ lawyers to put their affairs in order.

Mentoring support provided at no cost by David Cliff, Managing Director of Gedanken Limited, which is based in Houghton-le-Spring, is helping Legacare to create a strategy for growth. This strategy will hopefully see the charity offer services nationally within the next five years.

Legacare does not seek to compete with high street solicitors, and specialist probate and will agencies. Most of the individuals it supports are not in a position to afford the fees of any such organisations. While contributions are always welcome towards the services it provides, these services are entirely free for those who are not in a position to pay.

Meg Kirby said: “We hope to gain sufficient backing to be able to roll out Legacare’s services nationwide over the next five years. Support for this has come from a number of sources, including David at Gedanken, who has given us much needed advice and mentoring.”

David Cliff said: “I’m delighted to have supported Legacare. Being able to take back control of your life and get help and continued support to take charge of  your affairs at a time in your life when you are being rocked by catastrophic news is absolutely critical. Quite apart from that, it’s what we all deserve from a society that cares.

“As a business, Gedanken has a strong record of providing support to the charity sector, so when I heard about the work Legacare is doing in the North East and that they want to do it on a national scale, I had to help them.”