Throughout October local solicitors are offering appointments to write or update wills in return for a donation to Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex and South-East Hampshire.
A number of local solicitors have signed up to the scheme, generously waiving their Will-writing fees for appointments made in October. Instead of paying the solicitor for their professional advice, they are asking for a suggested donation to Chestnut Tree House.
Around two-thirds of people in the UK don’t have a Will, but it is the only way to be certain that loved ones are provided for. Chestnut Tree House’s Make a Will Month allows individuals or couples to write their Will whilst helping to raise money for local children with life-shortening conditions.
Rosie Last, Development Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House explains more, “We are really grateful for the support of local solicitors and hope that the Appeal will prompt people to make or update their Will.”
“It costs £116.79 per hour to provide all of Chestnut Tree House’s community services, which allow children with life-shortening conditions and their families to receive care in their own home, so the suggested donations of £110 for a single will and £160 for a joint Will could make a real difference.”
The charity also hopes it will prompt people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will. Chestnut Tree House currently cares for over 300 life-limited children; the care provided to 1 in 4 of these children is made possible thanks to gifts in Wills.
Rosie continues, “Gifts left to Chestnut Tree House in supporters’ Wills are a crucial part of our current and future income. Such gifts are a very special way of helping the hospice and allow our supporters to continue making a lasting difference to the lives of local children and their families.”
Solicitors across the region are taking place – from Eastbourne along to Portsmouth and from Worthing up to Crawley. Anybody who would like to take advantage of this offer can contact their chosen solicitor any time from the beginning of September and book an appointment to take place in October, quoting ‘Chestnut Tree House Make a Will Month’.
More information, including the full list of participating solicitors, is available at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/willwritingappeal or you can contact the charity on 01903 706351 or [email protected]