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NI Hospice launches ‘Make A Will’ month campaign

01 March 2018

Legal firms sign-up to offer free service in support of charity

This month, 30 local solicitor firms across Northern Ireland will waive Will writing fees in support of Northern Ireland Hospice’s annual ‘Make A Will Month’ campaign.

The campaign, which first began in 2012, has raised over £50,000 to date for the charity, helping to care and support infants, children and adults living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

In 2016/2017, 54 people left a gift in their Will to Northern Ireland Hospice and this year Sharon Gorman, Legacy Officer at Northern Ireland Hospice, is hoping ‘Make A Will Month’ will encourage more people to get involved in the annual campaign and help support hospice services.

 “Having an up-to-date Will is the most important thing you can do to protect your family and loved ones.  Will making is not as complicated, time-consuming or expensive as many of us think.  It can give you immense peace of mind to know that your final wishes will be fulfilled regarding your loved ones, your estate and causes close to your heart such as Northern Ireland Hospice. 

 “Hospice care is provided free of charge, but with annual running costs of over £13m and limited government funding, we rely heavily on the support and generosity of the local community.  Supporting ‘Make A Will Month’ this March would transform the lives of many hospice patients near you.”

Newtownabbey woman, Valerie Magee, is just one person who has left a gift in her Will after the passing of her husband, Harry, who was cared for by Northern Ireland Hospice.

Valerie said: “Northern Ireland Hospice provided first-class nursing care to my late husband, Harry, both in our home and in the Inpatient Unit when he was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  All the nursing staff and volunteers went the extra mile to ensure that Harry’s acute pain was controlled, he felt safe and his every need was met.  Not only did they give Harry a much greater quality of life, but they supported me too when I was feeling vulnerable. 

“Hospice care is simply inspirational as it provides invaluable support, dignity and comfort to local patients and their families.  By including a gift to Hospice in my Will I can honour Harry’s life in a meaningful way, whilst helping to protect future hospice care for patients here whenever and wherever they need it.” 

For more information on ‘Make a Will Month’ and how you can involved, visit: https://www.nihospice.org/support-us/campaigns/make-a-will-month, email sharon.gorman@nihospice.org or call 028 9078 1836.