Why you should have a Will

Why making a Will should be top of your to do list

Making a Will is something we all need to do. For peace of mind, to protect those closest to us, to protect our decisions and choices and to avoid uncertainty or difficulties for our family after we die. Ensuring our family and loved ones are looked after when we are gone is the most important consideration when making a Will. But what if it could also be a simple and special way to support causes that are important to you? Including even a small gift or percentage of your estate to your favourite charities can help them to continue to make a difference in the future.

Top 5 reasons to make a Will

1 Provide financial security for your loved ones.
2 Ensure children are looked after by people you trust and that money is available for their upkeep.
3 You can help to reduce conflict for those left behind by making your wishes known.
4 You can reduce or avoid losses to Inheritance Tax.
5 You can make gifts to charities you care about, like St Oswald’s Hospice

Leaving a legacy

By leaving a gift or legacy in your will to St Oswald’s Hospice, you will touch the lives of families across the region, at what might be the most difficult time of their lives. Your gift can provide so much. As well as quality care and support, you could fund all the little extras that make a difference at the time it’s needed the most. From pamper sessions to a film night and a trip out to a family party, your legacy could be magical memories, special moments and the knowledge for our patients that their community truly cares.


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 Ewan

Ewan, 21, uses our Young Adults service for short breaks. Ewan enjoys baking and playing on the X-Box.

He also loves trying new things and along with some of our other young adults, recently had the opportunity to visit the Bendrigg Trust in Cumbria, where he was able to try climbing, archery and a high swing!

Your legacy could help young adults like Ewan to experience new things and make memories to treasure forever.

At St Oswald’s over 20% of our charitable income is from people who have kindly decided to leave us a final gift in their Will

It’s easy to do and it doesn’t have to be a huge amount to make a difference…even 1% of what is left after you have considered all your loved ones will help us to provide compassionate care to people coming to St Oswald’s for much needed support. 


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 supportercare@stoswaldsuk.org


Next steps

Request our ‘Writing your Will Guide’ 

Discover our Free Wills services

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

Keep in touch

If you do decide to leave a gift in your Will to St Oswald’s, we would love to be able to say a personal thank you and keep in touch. If you are happy to let us know if you have left a gift, please complete this short form

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