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.
Katherine and David Urwin from Gosforth decided it was time to update their Wills through our Make A Will Month in 2017. Katherine, a volunteer at St Oswald’s Hospice, had been thinking about her ‘things to do in the future’ list and had realised she hadn’t updated their Wills. The couple had their first Will made when they had children 25 years ago and hadn’t touched it since. Seeing a leaflet about Make A Will Month, prompted the couple to take action.
I’ve always just forgot about our Will, It’s something you need when your children are born and when you buy a house, but we’ve just never updated it. When I saw the Make A will Month campaign it reminded me how out of date ours were, so I spoke to David and we got them done.
We chose Glynis M Mackie at Brunton Park as our solicitors. There is such a big list to choose from, but we wanted to use a local business. It was so simple, I thought it was going to be a long drawn out process but actually, it wasn’t. We had a face to face meeting, she was prepared and had everything set out for us. She explained the whole process to us and we simply filled in the forms. Going to a solicitor really helps as they put your Will on a national database, so if anything happened to their company, your Will and details are all safe, so someone else can pick it up.
Our Will has now been written in a way where we don’t need to update it now. It’s for the long term. The fact your donation goes directly to the Hospice is great too, it’s excellent value for money and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
It’s given me a new peace of mind, whatever the future holds, I now know my family will be supported if anything were to happen.”
Leaving a legacy
While there is no obligation to include a gift to St Oswald's inyour 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 ».