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How you can get a will written and help a Preston hospice

Posted on - 3rd October, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Lostock Hall, Preston News
Lynne Whittaker who is in charge of fundraising at the hospice

Lynne Whittaker who is in charge of fundraising at the hospice

Writing a will can be a daunting and difficult process – but there’s a chance to make one and donate to a Preston charity at the same time.

St Catherine’s Hospice is taking part in the annual Wills Week during November with many lawyers across the city donating their time.

Solicitors waive their fees during this time and donate the money to the hospice.

Senior fundraiser at the hospice Lynne Whittaker took part last year.

She said: “Like many people, I kept putting off writing a Will because it seemed difficult and daunting.

“But I had remarried in 2008 and realised how important it was to have everything formally recorded, for my family and son.

“In the end I found it really easy. I just made an appointment and the solicitor took me through everything I needed to consider. She drafted a copy which we got within a couple of weeks, and we signed it.

“It was a very straight-forward and quick process, and it was a huge feeling of relief when it was done because it had been playing on my mind.

“We also discussed things beyond Wills, like Power of Attorney, so we got lots of expert advice and it was really helpful.

“The fact that the fees come to the hospice is a bonus. It can also be more affordable for people to make their Wills during Wills Week, so it really pays off to book an appointment – it’s a win-win scheme.”

More than £20,000 was raised for the hospice during Wills Week. The week this year runs from November 14 to 18.

A minimum donation of £95 is required for individual wills, £145 for Mirror Wills or £50 for a Codicil (amendment to an existing will).

Solicitors taking part this year are Birchall Blackburn in Preston, Chorley and Leyland; Ellen Fay in Preston; Forbes in Preston and Chorley; Harrison Drury in Preston and Garstang; Marsden Rawsthorn in Preston and Chorley; Vincents in Preston, Longridge and Garstang; Worralls in Longton; John Whittle Robinson in Preston; and Chadwicks in Leyland.

To request a Wills Week information pack, email lynne.whittaker@stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 324540.

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