The importance of having a Will

Making a Will is often something left on our to-do list. Getting this document completed can bring peace of mind, whatever lies ahead.

Having your Will in place ensures your wishes are protected, helping to avoid uncertainty and difficulties for your family and loved ones after your death.

Looking after the people closest to you is the most important consideration when writing your Will but it is also an amazing yet simple opportunity to support the causes you care about.

Including a financial gift, a percentage of your estate or even a specific item to charities and causes close to your heart can help them to continue their work in the future.

Top 5 Reasons to Make a Will

1. To provide financial security for your loved ones

2. To ensure any children are looked after by people you trust and that money is available for their upkeep

3. To help reduce conflict for those left behind by making your wishes and decisions known

4. To reduce and avoid losses due to Inheritance Tax

5. To make gifts to charities you care about, such as St Oswald’s Hospice

Leaving a Gift in your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will, sometimes called a Legacy, to St Oswald’s Hospice is an opportunity to touch the lives of families across the region, during the most challenging times. Your gift can provide so much. As well as quality care and support, you could fund all the little extras that provide the special moments and memories that make a difference.

From pamper sessions to a film night and a trip out to a family party, your generosity ensures that families can find solace, support, and moments of respite and joy, even in difficult circumstances.

Next steps…


Request our ‘Writing your Will Guide’

We offer a free guide to writing your will. Just fill out our short form and we’ll send you our guide via email.

Discover our Free Wills Service

We currently offer year-round free Wills thanks to our partnership with Beyond, the online Will experts and Accord who offer Wills by telephone.

Meet our Gifts in Wills pledgers

Are you thinking about leaving a Gift in your Will?

Hear from some of our current Gifts in Wills pledgers about why they have chosen to support St Oswald’s in this simple yet powerful way.

Gifts in Wills mean so much to us all at St Oswald’s Hospice

For you to think about including us in your final wishes is a huge honour and by remembering us in this special way, you will be leaving a legacy to support generations to come. If you’d like to find out more call 0191 246 9123 or email

Meet Frank

Frank, 84, has received support from St Oswald’s Bereavement team since his wife died in May 2020.

Frank told us of his love of music and singing and he now meets regularly with Hospice Music Therapist, Hannah.

The sessions allow Frank to explore his talent and give him something positive to focus on – as well as share his beautiful voice with us all at the hospice! With encouragement from Hannah, Frank is planning to record his own album of his favourite songs.

Your legacy could give people like Frank the chance to shine and share their passion.

Meet Dawn

“I always knew it was an option to leave a gift to a charity, but it wasn’t something I had included in my original Will. Since volunteering at St Oswald’s I’ve heard of people leaving gifts in their Wills and seeing the huge benefits this has to the hospice I wanted to do the same, and leave my own gift.”

Read why Dawn left a gift in her Will

Meet George

“I decided to leave a gift to St Oswald’s in my Will following the incredible care my Aunt received in the Inpatient Unit. It was very straightforward to do and it’s a lovely feeling to know that I can keep on making a difference to a charity close to my heart, even after I have gone.”

George Hall, North Tyneside

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