Will you help hospice in anniversary year?

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It’s 30 years since St Catherine’s Hospice started providing expert care for local people facing life with a terminal illness, and from hair styles to mobile phones much has moved on.

But it’s not just fashion and fads that change, life does too. And whether you’ve bought a house, moved in with a partner or perhaps become a grandparent, you may want to consider whether your wishes are protected in an up to date Will.

St Catherine’s Hospice is helping local people tick this job off their list with Make a Will Fortnight (6th - 17th May). The initiative offers the chance to take professional legal advice from local solicitors to make or update an existing simple Will in return for a donation to the work of St Catherine’s.

Claire Irving, fundraising manager at St Catherine’s Hospice says, “Often people leave this important piece of life admin at the bottom of their to do list; but in most cases it is relatively straightforward to put in place and reassuring to know it’s completed.

“We hope people see this as a handy way to update or make their Will, which also helps us to continue to care for local people who are facing life with a terminal illness.

“You don’t need to remember St Catherine’s in your Will to take advantage of the scheme, but solicitors are able to advise on the tax effectiveness of leaving a charitable gift, of whatever amount, if you wish. Currently, one in four of all our patients are cared for thanks to the generosity of people leaving the hospice gifts in their Will.”

In Horsham Emily Ward of Rawlison Butler LLP (01403 252492), Guy Baker of Coole & Haddock (01403 210200) and Philip Lansberry of Spofforths Chatered Accountants (01403 253282) are on hand to help people make the most of St Catherine’s Hospice Make a Will Fortnight.

In total, there are 20 local firms supporting the scheme and a full list, terms and conditions and details on how to secure your appointment are available at www.stch.org.uk/makeawill or by calling Zoe Dolding on 01293 447374 or emailing zoedolding@stch.org.uk