New scams-prevention service for East Sussex elderly

Senior Partner David Young speaks at the scams-prevention service launch

Age UK East Sussex has launched a service to tackle the growing problem of scams being committed against elderly and vulnerable people in East Sussex. The Edna Johnson Will Trust, which is administered by three Gaby Hardwicke partners, will provide substantial funding for the scheme for the next three years.

Representatives of the police, local government and fire services attended the Age UK East Sussex and Edna Johnson Will Trust Scams Prevention Service’s launch earlier this month. At the event, Steve Hare (CEO of Age UK East Sussex) introduced the new service, Louise Baxter (National Trading Standards Scams Team Manager) spoke of scams in general and particularly in East Sussex and David Young (Gaby Hardwicke Senior Partner) informed the gathering of the role of the Edna Johnson Will Trust.

The late Edna Johnson, a former solicitor and longstanding client of Gaby Hardwicke, kindly left a sizable estate on trust ‘to assist those elderly persons in need in East Sussex’. Three Gaby Hardwicke partners (David Young, Richard Ostle and Antony Caulfield) were made trustees and regularly meet to make grants to deserving causes and organisations.

David Young said: “I and my fellow trustees are delighted to be able to support this wonderful initiative from Age UK East Sussex, a project which I am sure Edna would have been delighted to be associated with and which will add significantly to the lasting legacy she has left to the elderly in need in East Sussex.”

The Age UK East Sussex and Edna Johnson Will Trust Scams Prevention Service will support East Sussex residents who have been or are at risk of being scammed. For more information please visit the service’s page on the Age UK website.

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