PEOPLE are being urged to make a will – and support a town hospice in the process.
Hartlepool & District Hospice runs Make a Will Month every year and has raised £75,000 during the annual campaign since 2000.
Make a Will Month involves local solicitors advising people on the process of making a will and drafting a will in accordance with the person’s wishes.
This year’s campaign is now in its final 10 days and hospice staff are encouraging residents in Hartlepool and east Durham to make an appointment.
The current fee structure is £100 to make an individual will and £120 to make a mirror will, when a husband wife or partner make almost identical wills, leaving everything to each other should one partner die or to their children if they both die.
The fee paid by the client is then all donated to the Wells Avenue-based hospice.
Rebecca Jobson, legacy co-ordinator at the hospice, said: “If, like many of the staff at the hospice, you have been putting off making a will for whatever reason then now is the time to put this right.
“It is your chance to ensure your wishes are upheld once you die and to make sure that those who are important to you are looked after once you are gone.”
Meanwhile, hospice bosses are reminding the community of the chance to support the cause and give themselves a chance of winning a weekly cash prize.
The hospice lottery has been running for more than 16 years and awards weekly prizes of £1,000, £250, £100 and three lots of £50.
The lottery provides the hospice with £390,000 every year.
Veronica Nelson, hospice lottery manager, said, “We are proud that our lottery makes such a significant contribution to funding our services for patients.
“We only receive 21 per cent of our funding from the NHS so our lottery is a vital source of income which enables us to continue providing specialist palliative care to patients approaching the end of their life.”
To sign up for the lottery contact Veronica Nelson on (01429) 855582.
To take part in Make a Will Month Campaign or to discuss leaving a gift to the hospice contact Rebecca Jobson on (01429) 855581.