PEOPLE can get their wills written for free by local solicitors in return for a donation to St Giles Hospice this month.
Five solicitors’ offices across the region are taking part in ‘Make Your Will Month’, organised by St Giles Hospice, between 1st and 28th February.
During these four weeks, the solicitors will donate their time and expertise for free to help clients make a new will or update their existing one. All clients have to do is make a suggested donation to the hospice of £100-£150, depending on the type of will being created.
The firms taking part are:
- Astle Paterson Solicitors, in Horninglow Street, Burton on Trent, phone: 01283 531366.
- Ansons LLP, in Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, phone: 01543 263456.
- Moseleys Solicitors, in Bore Street, Lichfield, phone: 01543 414100.
- Enoch Evans, in Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield, tel: 0121 355 2336.
- Enoch Evans, in Hatherton Road, Walsall, tel: 01922 720333.
All of the money raised from the campaign will support care services for local people living with a terminal illness and their families. Because of the current COVID-19 lockdown, solicitors and will-writing consultants will be conducting their appointments via phone, email or video call.
Elinor Eustace, Director of Income Generation at St Giles Hospice, said:
“Our message to supporters who don’t have a will or who might be thinking of making an alteration is: Don’t put off protecting your future.
“By taking part in Make Your Will Month you have peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones are protected should anything happen to you, you can save yourself money by taking advantage of this charitable service and you can help your local hospice – all at the same time.
“Writing a will ensures that your family know what your wishes are, and know about your plans for your belongings and about funeral arrangements if you choose to include them. It can spare your loved ones from having to make important or complicated decisions at a distressing time.”
Elinor added that it costs St Giles more than £10 million to provide our care services each year, which means that every donation and gift – big or small – really does make a difference to the hospice.
As 30 per cent of our fundraised income each year comes from gifts in wills, this means that one in six St Giles patients is cared for through legacy giving.
“We are truly honoured to receive legacy gifts in the wills of our supporters,” she said. “Each gift helps to secure the future of our hospice, meaning that they are helping us continue to care for local people and their families for generations to come.
“This generosity is particularly important in 2021 as our fundraising has been badly affected by the Coronavirus crisis, which has led to the cancellation of many charity events and the closure of our shops.
“Your support will allow us to continue our vital work in your local community. If your donations and gifts stop, we stop. Any donation you can make will make a massive difference to our patients in your local area at a time when they need us most.
“We’re also very grateful to all of the solicitors who take part in ‘Make Your Will Month’ for their support and would encourage anyone wanting to write a will to get in touch soon, as appointments are limited.”
For more information and to book your appointment visit: www.stgileshospice.com/make-your-will or call 01543 432538.