Anne Wilson is 70 and lives in Whitley Bay. She took part in Make a Will Month in support of St Oswald’s in June 2016
I have been a supporter of St Oswald’s for many years, ever since they ran their Jigsaw Appeal to open their Children’s Hospice. I’ve joined in with a few fundraising events such as The Big Bake last year, I play the Hospice Lottery and I’ve ran several Great North Runs dressed as Minnie Mouse to support their work.
My husband Ernest and I had an old DIY Will we made years ago, but it really needed updating. We don’t have any children, and have been married for 49 years, but it is just peace of mind for us to have our wishes noted. When I heard that St Oswald’s held a Make a Will Month in June, we jumped at the chance of having a professional Will done by a solicitor. We loved the way that they then donated our fee back to the Hospice. It seemed such a useful and practical way to support the charity.
We used Kidd & Spoor in Whitley Bay for our Will. They were great and the process very straightforward. I’d recommend that anyone who has been putting off getting a Will made or updated just goes for it – and supports a great cause in the process!
How 'Make a Will Month' campaign works
Choose a Solicitor. To ensure your wishes are carried out exactly as you would choose your prefered solicitor from the list of local solicitors that we work closely with in your area.
Contact your chosen Solicitor directly to make an appointment.
Some of the things you may wish to consider before visiting a Solicitor…
• Executors – select the people who will ensure the wishes set out in your Will are carried out. These can be family, friends or your solicitor.
• Beneficiaries - the people, family, friends or charities whom you wish to inherit your assets.
• It would be worthwhile to make a list of your most valuable assets, such as your home and contents, car, bank and savings accounts, stocks and shares, life insurance policies, trusts and pensions.
• Also take a record of money that you owe including your outstanding mortgage, loans, credit cards and other debts.
• Legal guardians – if you have children under the age of 18.
• If you are making a Will you may wish to include a letter of wishes. This is a non-binding letter, written by you, designed to sit alongside your Will. Download an example of a Letter of Wishes here.
Your solicitor will waive their usual fee, inviting you to make a donation to St Oswald's Hospice instead; suggested donations are £90 for a single will or £125 for a pair.
Optionally you may decide to leave a gift in your Will to St Oswald's and make a real difference to the future.
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 22 June 2017