Leave A Gift In Your Will And Make A Real Difference To Cumbrian Families

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice’s Make a Will Month has launched for 2022 with local people being offered the chance to make a Will in return for a suggested donation to the charity. 

Make a Will Month runs throughout April and people who take part will have the opportunity to receive a professionally written Will from one of a number of participating Cumbria-based solicitors. 

Gifts in Wills, often referred to as legacies, are hugely important to the hospice and are a major source of income for the charity each year.

In 2020, 32 per cent of the charity’s income came from gifts in Wills, meaning those shows of generosity helped to provide care for one in three patients.

It is up to each individual how much to donate but as a guide the charity suggests £130 for a single basic Will, £200 for a pair of basic mirror Wills and £40 for a codicil. 

Clare Sweeney, the charity’s Interim Individual Giving & Legacies Manager, said: “This is your opportunity to secure your family’s future whilst also helping the incredible team here at the hospice to continue to provide care, love and support to adults and young people with life limiting illnesses in our community.

“No matter how large or small your gift is, it will help support local people with life limiting illnesses.

“We’d like to thank all the solicitors who are taking part this year, without whom important initiatives like this could not happen.”

To take part, choose from the list of participating solicitors, call the number provided and ask to book an appointment as part of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s Make a Will Month.

Legal professionals will guide people through the process, following their wishes and provide them with a new Will or Codicil.

Appointments will be allocated by each firm on a first come, first served basis.

The full list of participating solicitors are: 

  • Atkinson Ritson – Carlisle 01228 525221 
  • Atkinson Ritson- Wigton 01697 343241 
  • Kilvington Solicitors – Kirkby Stephen 01768 371495 
  • Wragg Mark-Bell Ltd – Carlisle 01228 510077 
  • Arnold Greenwood Solicitors – Kendal 01539 751646
  • Bendles Solicitors – Carlisle 01228 522215
  • Bendles Solicitors – Wigton 016973 42121 

Dorothy Steel, Partner at Bendles LLP in Carlisle and Wigton, said: “Bendles LLP has supported local charities including Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw for many years.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our professional services again this year to help the charity raise much-needed funds for their vital work.”

Laura Urquhart, Director at Wragg Mark-Bell in Carlisle, said: “As a local Carlisle firm we are happy to be supporting Eden Valley Hospice during their Make a Will Month.

“It greatly encourages the local community to consider making a Will whilst benefiting such a key charity.”

The hospice would also love to hear from people who’ve already left a gift to the charity in their Will so they can say thank you and share with them plans for the future that gifts in Wills are funding now. 

Clare added: “Last year the charity asked for 300 people to come forward and be part of our family of legacy supporters and as we continue to celebrate our thirtieth year, we’re still counting and would love to hear from you.” 

To let the hospice know you’ve made a pledge, go to: https://www.edenvalleyhospice.org/support-us/this-make-a-will-month-will-you-make-the-pledge