RESIDENTS have the opportunity to make a will and support a town charity at the same time.
Hartlepool & District Hospice and local solicitors have teamed up for the annual Make a Will month.
Throughout May, kind-hearted solicitors have agreed to donate their fee to the hospice and provide residents with a mirror will, which is for couples, for £120 or £100 for a single will.
All of that cash will be handed to the charity.
The annual scheme has raised more than £75,000 for the Wells Avenue-based hospice over the years, providing vital cash to help the charity maintain the specialist palliative care services it offers to residents in Hartlepool and East Durham.
Anne Gladwin, trust and legacy co-ordinator at the town hospice, said: “Each year Hartlepool & District Hospice cares for patients living with life-limiting illnesses, and provides support to them and their families.
“Money raised from Make a Will month goes directly towards helping the hospice provide their specialist palliative care services.
“It’s a great opportunity to do something to secure the future of those who you love, and at the same time help the hospice care for other people’s loved ones from within your local community.”
Residents are urged to seek legal advice before writing a will, particularly if they are not married or in a civil partnership, but share a house with their partner. Also, if they are leaving a property to a dependant who is unable to care for themselves or if they have a business or property overseas.
People who already have a will can also get involved by making changes or reviewing the will.
Meanwhile, runners who have a place at this year’s Great North Run are reminded of the chance to support the hospice. The charity has a team of runners but those who have already signed up can still support the cause and receive the benefits of the hospice’s team.
For more information about Make a Will Month, to speak to someone about making a will or for a full list of all of the participating solicitors in the town contact Anne Gladwin on (01429) 855555 or visit the hospice’s website at: www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.