Wake Smith Solicitors has renewed its legacy partnership with Museums Sheffield; the charity that runs the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery, and Weston Park Museum.

The Sheffield law firm joined forces with the charity a year ago to highlight the importance of having a Will, and to raise awareness of the benefits of giving to the city’s museums.

The partnership has already seen a number of enquiries about leaving donations to Museums Sheffield.  Personal Will enquires rose by 200 per cent and pledges of charitable gifts were made to support the charity.

The new agreement will continue to encourage people to commit to giving and help ensure that arts and heritage can continue to inspire future generations in the city.

Suzanne Porter, director of the Wills and Probate team at Wake Smith said: “We are excited to be building upon our partnership with Museums Sheffield to develop and grow our legacy programme.”

“This last year has enabled us to highlight how crucial it is for people to have a Will and make their views about donations known, and also to see how important Museums Sheffield and the work they do is to people of Sheffield.”

“By remembering Museums Sheffield in a Will, it ensures the museums and galleries you love continue to thrive and offer access to great art and heritage for everyone.”

Kim Streets, Museums Sheffield Chief Executive, said: “Working with Wake Smith to promote the benefits of making and leaving charitable gifts in Wills has been incredibly beneficial for Museums Sheffield and we are delighted to continue that work.”

“As a charity, Museums Sheffield has to raise £1 million a year in addition to the public funding it receives in order to keep the city’s museums free and open for everyone to enjoy.

“Funds raised allow the charity to continue to care for, and conserve the city’s historic collections on behalf of the people of Sheffield, whilst delivering ambitious exhibitions, events and engaging learning and outreach activities.”

“This legacy partnership helps to support the long-term future of Sheffield’s museums and galleries.”

Each year, one million people visit Museums Sheffield’s free spaces, and it costs more than £3 million to run Millennium Gallery, Weston Park Museum and Graves Gallery.

Wake Smith became the museum’s first ever legacies partner in 2018.  Wake Smith will be hosting free surgeries offering Wills advice to the public as part of a specially curated programme of events in October that will explore how donations have helped to shape Sheffield’s collections.