Make a Will Month
If you are interested in making or updating your Will, and supporting the Hospice, our 'Make a Will Month' may be of interest to you.
Each year, June is 'Make a Will Month', when a number of local solicitors from across the North East offer Wills at a special rate to you and donate the fee back to St Oswald’s.
Whether you are planning to move house, get married, start a new family or simply want to get prganised, why not take part this June. The scheme is open to everyone, allowing participants to get a great deal on making or updating their Will, while helping out a local charity.
Thanks to participating solicitors across the region, it costs just £90 for a single will or £125 for a pair and the full fee is then donated straight to St Oswald’s Hospice.
If you’d like more information, please contact Laura Hargreaves at LauraHargreaves@stoswaldsuk.org or call 0191 246 9123. Find out which solicitors are taking part here.
Supporter Barbara Wood took part in make a Will Month last year, with her husband Michael
“I heard about St Oswald’s Make a Will Month last year and decided it was time for me to update an old will, which was now out of date, due to changes in my circumstances. I recently retired, and my will had been made many years ago, before I met my husband, so it seemed the right time to do a joint one together.
“I have two grown up daughters and three grandchildren, so it is comforting to know they have been provided for and that the stress of sorting out my estate will have been made much easier for them, if I were to die. It sounds depressing, but I think it’s important to make arrangements, for the sake of those left behind.
“The process was so easy – I popped into Kidd & Spoor in Whitely Bay and the solicitor was great! It was really nice to know that as well as getting my affairs in order, I was also able to support St Oswald’s, as the fee I paid was donated straight back to the hospice by the solicitor. I have recently started volunteering there, so I know the important work that goes on, and it’s great to be able to contribute to a vital local charity in some way.
Leaving a legacy
While there is no obligation to include a gift to St Oswald's in your Will, we would be very grateful if you were able to do so. Our supporter June, from Ponteland, chose to leave a legacy to St Oswald’s when she made her will:
“My name is June and I’ve been a supporter of St Oswald’s Hospice since it opened in 1986. I have pledged to support the future of the hospice by leaving a legacy in my will, as I take comfort from the idea that I can help someone who is in need of St Oswald’s care, even after I have gone.
“I support St Oswald’s in memory of my mother, who died of breast cancer at fifty-four. My husband also left a legacy to the Hospice when he died in 2013 and I am proud his gift will have made a difference to the wellbeing of the patients.
“I believe that the North East needs hospice care to provide a safe haven for people at a time when they need it most. I want the special kind of care that is delivered by St Oswald’s to still be there for other people and their families in years to come.”
Find out more about leaving a legacy in your will here ».
updated 25th May 2016