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Take time this September to write your Will

9th August 2016

Worcestershire residents are being encouraged to write their Wills with a campaign launched by St Richard’s Hospice.

During September, the Worcester hospice will be running its annual Write a Will month. Participating solicitors across the county will offer local people the opportunity to write a simple Will for £90, or £140 for a double Will, with 100% of the fees being donated to the hospice.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of writing a Will, which sets out how people want their money, property and possessions to be distributed after their death. In situations when a person dies without a Will, 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 have changed, for example if someone marries divorces or adopts a child.”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice explains why the campaign is important: “We know that writing a Will is something many people don’t like to think about. We are encouraging people to make an appointment with one of the campaign’s participating solicitors so they know that if they died, everything would be organised for their loved ones left behind.

Rachel added, “We are very grateful to anyone who takes part in Write a Will month, and also to all the participating solicitors who are giving their time for free to help the hospice.”

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. The care of one out of every seven St Richard’s Hospice patients is paid for through gifts in Wills.

Gifts from Wills to St Richard’s ensure that the charity can continue to care for patients and family members in the future. Including a gift to St Richard’s in your Will is easy. There are a number of options when it comes to writing your Will, but St Richard’s always recommends consulting a solicitor. If you already have a Will and wish to add a gift to the hospice, your solicitor will advise on the best way to do this.

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

Find out more about the campaign and the participating solicitors at www.strichards.org.uk/write-a-will or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.

 

Participating Solicitors:

Scaiff  LLP
23 Foregate Street
Worcester
WR1 1DN
Tel:  01905 727700
Website: www.scaiff.co.uk

Star Legal Ltd
Sterling Lodge
287 Worcester Road
Malvern
WR14 1AB
Tel: 01684 562 526
www.star-legal.co.uk/uk-offices/malvern

Harrison Clark Rickerbys
5 Deansway
Worcester
WR1 2JG
Tel: Nerys Thomas- 01905 676939 Email nthomas@hcrlaw.com

www.hcrlaw.com

Hine Solicitors
County House
St. Mary’s Street
Worcester
WR1 1HB
Tel: 01905 810033 / 01865 514348
www.hinesolicitors.com/contact/worcester

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.