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Planning for the future the easy way: Michelle's story

June is Make a Will Month at St Oswald's. Whether you have never had a Will or need to update an exisiting one, our participating local soclicirs can help you plan for the future in a simple and cost-effective way. They will write a Will for you at a reduced rate and donate their full fee back to St Oswald's - meaning you can support the hospice's work as well as ticking something off your to-do list.

Michelle Duncan, 40 lives in Cramlington and is taking part in Make a Will Month this year. She said:

I’ve never had a Will before and neither has my husband, I think life just gets in the way. When we bought our house and were arranging our mortgage, we were advised that we should get a Will and life insurance. We were told it was for the worst case scenario, especially since we have two young children, but I just didn’t know where to begin. You never think anything is going to happen to you.


It was only a few weeks ago that my brother-in-law died, he had a family, a house, children but he didn’t have a Will. It was a shock and I suppose it was a reality check. You don’t always know what is going to happen so it’s best to be prepared. I had heard of St Oswald's Make a Will month and planned to give one of the solicitors a call, but after the death of my brother-in-law we realised we really needed to get something in place sooner rather than later.

Make a Will Month takes place throughout June, but you can make an appointment now. Have a look on our website for more information and see which local solicitors near you are taking part this year. There are solicitors located across the region and you can make an appointment at a time to suit you – just make sure you mention St Oswald’s Hospice Make a Will Month when booking your appointment. And of course, if you would like any more information, please get in touch! You can contact the team and I on 0191 246 9123 or email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org.