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.
According to research from earlier this year, over half of UK adults (54%) don’t have a will, meaning their loved ones may not be provided for when they pass away. “Having a will is crucial to ensure that your property is distributed in the way you want, so we hope that people will be prompted to make or update their Will during October,” says Rosie Last, Development Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House.
“We are really grateful for the support of local solicitors in providing appointments during October. 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 around 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 part – 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/makeawillmonth or you can contact the charity on 01903 706351 or [email protected]