9th August 2019

How writing your Will could help hospice

A hospice has joined forces with four solicitors’ firms to run a month-long Will writing campaign this September.

During the St Richard’s Hospice Write a Will Month, the Worcestershire firms will offer residents the chance to write a single Will for £95 or a double Will for £150 – with 100 per cent donated to the charity.

The firms taking part are Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Worcester, Kitcat and Co Solicitors, Malvern, Bradley Haynes Law, Worcester, and WLS Solicitors, Malvern.

The campaign aims to raise funds for the hospice and awareness of the importance of writing a Will – which is a document setting out how people want their money, property and possessions to be distributed after their death.

Ria Simons, hospice Fundraiser, said: “We know writing a Will can be a daunting prospect; however, it should not be a difficult process.

“Once you have your Will in place, it can bring peace of mind to know if you died, everything would be in place for your loved ones.

“We hope our campaign will encourage people to take the first step and book an appointment with one of our solicitors – while helping tackle the taboos around preparing for the end-of-life.

“All the participating solicitors are giving their time for free to help support St Richard’s – we are so grateful for their generosity.”

It is important to write a Will because in situations when a person dies without one, rules dictate how the individual’s estate is allocated which may not be as they would wish. It is also important to update a Will if personal circumstances change – for example if someone marries, divorces or adopts a child.

David Kitcat, solicitor at Kitcat and Co Solicitors, said: “The scheme is a tremendously popular one. We have already had six bookings out of a potential limit of 20 and we’re always over-subscribed. We’re proud to be taking part in the scheme for the third successive year.”

Dawn Oliver, head of Private Client for Harrison Clark Rickerbys, said: “Our team is delighted to support St Richard’s for another year – it carries out marvellous work and a recent tour of the expansion project at the hospice brought home to us how effectively donations are used.”

Lizzie Bradley, director of Bradley Haynes Law, said: “We are delighted to once again participate in this scheme for St Richard’s Hospice. The hospice does some wonderful work in very difficult circumstances and any part we can play to help St Richard’s is very rewarding for all of our team.”

WLS Solicitors is offering appointments at its offices in Malvern, alongside a limited number of slots at the Basepoint Business Centre, Evesham, on Monday, 9 and Tuesday 17 September and Pershore Town Hall on Tuesday 3 and Monday 23 September.

Chris Morgan, Managing Director of WLS Solicitors, said: “St Richard’s Hospice provides such a valuable and essential service to the community.

“We are delighted to offer our support to this project, both to help raise funds for St Richard’s and also to raise awareness of the importance of writing a Will.”

St Richard’s Hospice is also encouraging people to consider leaving a gift in their Will, after they have provided for family and friends, although there is no obligation to do so.

To take part, simply call your preferred solicitor and make an appointment quoting the “St Richard’s Hospice Write a Will Scheme”.

For further details visit www.strichards.org.uk/writeawill