Will you make a difference?

Will you make a difference?

St Helena Hospice helps people living with an incurable illness to live well and die with dignity and choice. In order to ensure this service is continually provided for as many people as possible, we rely on the local community to help raise £5.8 million per year.

One in five of our patients at any time are supported by members of the community leaving a gift in their Will, and in the last financial year we received around £1.6 million in this way; an incredible amount of money, and such a generous gesture from these supporters.

As part of our ‘Will you make a difference?’ campaign, running until the end of June, we are talking to supporters about the difference that Wills make; both to the individual and their families, and to the hospice. Members of the fundraising team will also be out and about with participating solicitors breaking down barriers around the topic of writing a Will, and answering any questions people may have.

Having a Will in place is incredibly important for people who want to ensure their final wishes are met; whether making their wishes clear for funeral arrangements, or specifically naming those they want to receive their most treasured items. Leaving a gift in a Will to the hospice is simple and your solicitor can support you in this process. A gift doesn’t have to be big to make a big impact to the hospice; whether it is a donation of a few hundred pounds or a small percentage of whatever is left once you’ve provided for your loved ones, the hospice truly values donations of any size.

In June we will be joining forces with some local solicitors to run our annual Wills Month scheme for those who are looking to make or amend a Will. The participating solicitors are waiving their fee to provide a Will writing service and will be asking that instead of a fee to them, a donation is made to St Helena Hospice. The solicitors are: Alistair Keeble, Birkett Long, Fisher Jones Greenwood, Goody Burrett, John Fowlers, Powis and Co. and Sparlings.

Helen Scatola, Individual Giving Fundraiser says: “Our ‘Will you make a difference?’ campaign is a great way for us to talk to people about Wills and try to change the face of something that seems to some people quite daunting. A Will is not just for somebody at the end of their life to start thinking about. It gives peace of mind, happiness, and it takes worry away from loved ones. Leaving a gift to the hospice can help ensure as many people as possible have dignity, care and comfort at the end of their life; something we all want for ourselves and our loved ones.

“We encourage anyone who is considering leaving a gift in their Will to the hospice to contact us and just have a chat about your options, and to really make the most of our Wills Month opportunity.”

Bookings for your June appointment can be made directly with the solicitors from mid-May. Ensure you book early to avoid disappointment. For further information on Wills Month or leaving a gift in a Will please call the hospice fundraising office on 01206 931468 or visit sthelenahospice.org.uk/makeawill.

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