St Barnabas Hospice’s Make a Will Month returns this May

Local people are being encouraged to Make their Will for free this May and in return asked to support to their local hospice

Throughout May, Sills and Betteridge Solicitors and Hodgkinsons Solicitors are giving their time and offering to make a Will for people across Lincolnshire in return for a donation or Gift in their Will to St Barnabas Hospice.

The firms will be inviting appointments from people wanting to create a new Will or make changes to an existing Will in May.

Jenny Peake, Individual Giving & Data Manager, said:

“Make a Will month is a great opportunity to get your affairs in order, have your Will written or amended for a donation and help to secure the future of St Barnabas Hospice.

“We are also asking our community to think about leaving a gift in their will as this can have a vital impact on the care we provide now and the care we hope to provide in the future. At present, one in five of our patients are supported by a gift left in a Will.”

Andrew Durkan, Partner at Sills and Betteridge, said:

“As well as raising funds for St Barnabas, the scheme helps to ensure that people in this area have a professionally drawn up Will. A Will is an important document for every adult no matter their age. Not only does it ensure that a person’s money and possessions are distributed as they wish but it means that they have a say in who looks after any children they may have if something should happen to them before those children reach 18.”

Chloe Sullivan, Solicitor at Hodgkinsons, said:

“At Hodgkinsons we’re very happy to have the opportunity to provide our time and expertise free of charge, so that St Barnabas can benefit from a donation instead of a fee. As our firm continued to expand in size we soon realised the importance of our social responsibility to the local community.

“Many of our staff members have a personal connection with St Barnabas who have cared for members of their family through times of sickness and so it seemed only fitting that we rallied up support to try and give back to a charity which we feel is more than deserving.”

As well as raising money for St Barnabas Hospice, Make a Will Month also encourages people to make plans for their future and to plan for the end of their lives.

Jenny added: “We spend our lives working to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. You may own property, shares, savings, investments and personal possessions. Making a Will is your way of saying how you would like your estate to be divided amongst your loved ones.

“There is no obligation as part of Make a Will month to leave a legacy to St Barnabas Hospice. However, once you have provided for your loved ones, any gift you are able to leave will help to ensure we are able to continue providing specialist care and support to our community in the future.”

Sills and Betteridge have offices in Lincoln, Boston, Skegness, Sleaford, Spilsby and Gainsborough. To find your nearest branch go to www.sillslegal.co.uk

Hodgkinsons have offices in Skegness. For the full address go to www.hodgkinsons.co.uk

Quote St Barnabas Hospice Make a Will Month when making an appointment.

For more information contact Jenny Peake, Individual Giving & Data Manager on 01522 559 511 or email jenny.peake@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

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