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Rebecca and Scott Jobson and their youngest son, Jacob. Rebecca and Scott used the hospice Make A Will Month service last year.
Rebecca and Scott Jobson and their youngest son, Jacob. Rebecca and Scott used the hospice Make A Will Month service last year.

AN annual event in a hospice’s calendar is returning for another year.

Hartlepool & District Hospice event is supporting Make a Will Month.

A spokesman said: “One thing is certain in life and that is we will all die sooner or later.

“However if you have not made a will by the time you die then you are said to have died ‘intestate’. If this happens your affairs will be dealt with but, without a will, your wishes may not be known or fully considered. Therefore, whatever your age, an up-to-date will is essential.”

Make a Will month helps to raise essential funds to support patients from Hartlepool and East Durham.

The hospice provides a range of specialist palliative care services which includes an Inpatient Unit where patients with complex medical and care needs can come for symptom control.

The hospice also includes a day hospice where patients can receive treatment from the multi-disciplinary team, and that gives their carers the chance to have a short break.

The hospice also has a community bereavement service which provides specialist counselling to patients and their families. Staff there are specially trained to care for children dealing with the emotions surrounding death and grief.

Since the event began in 2000, local solicitors and the people who have taken part have raised more than £75,000. The spokesman added: “This is an annual event which gives local people the opportunity to support a local charity and at the same time attend to one of the things on many people’s ‘to do’ list.

“The month of May is just around the corner so now is the time to make your appointment with one of the four solicitors supporting this event. They will be offering an advisory service and can draft a will in accordance with each person’s wishes.

The fee paid by each client for this service, £100 for an individual will or £120 for a mirror will, is donated to the Hospice.

The four solicitors taking part are:

Tilly Bailey & Irvine on (01429) 264101; TMJ Legal Services on (01429) 235616; Smith & Graham on (01429) 271651, and Donnelly McArdle Adamson on (01429) 274732. For more details, contact the hospice’s legacy co-ordinator on (01429) 855555.