Death isn’t something any of us want to think about, but it’s something that has sadly been in the minds of many of us over the last year.
At the hospice, we encourage honest conversations about death and dying. Whilst end of life care is only a small part of what we do at St Ann’s, talking to patients about their own personal wishes is extremely important.
Our teams support each individual to achieve their goals as much as we can. Everyone is different, and for some they may wish to spend time at home with those closest to them. For others, they may want to arrange a get-together with loved ones, or to make sure that all of their affairs are in order for their family.
Making a Will is just one part of that process, and it’s humbling that many of our patients also choose to remember us as part of their lasting legacy.
- Around a third of the care we provide is funded by people leaving a gift in their Will, and however large or small it really does make a huge difference to the care of future patients.
Just 1% of a person’s estate left to a charity makes a big difference, and means that 99% remains for those closest to the individual. It’s a way of giving that doesn’t cost a penny now, but means the future sustainability of good causes like ours.
People often put off writing a Will, and whether you choose to remember a charity or not, it’s something that is easy to do and that gives real peace of mind. It’s much simpler to support a charity in this way than many people think too. To do so, you simply need to give your solicitor the organisation’s name and registered charity number and they will do the rest.
A few simple minutes; a hugely kind gesture; an incredible difference to the lives of the people those charities support in the future; and a lasting legacy – what an amazing thing to do.
What happens to our estate when we die may not be something at the top of the list of things we want to think about, but it is something which can make a huge difference not only to future generations of those closest to us, but to others in our community too. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s