Rachel McMillan’s latest blog – Making a Will

For many of us, the pandemic has made us think more about our wishes should we become seriously ill - how we’d like to be cared for, what is most important to us, and how we can ensure those closest to us are also looked after if we’re not around to support them.

By Rachel McMillan on March 16, 2022

Rachel McMillan sat in the hospice gardenholding a metal forget-me-not

At the hospice, we always encourage open, honest conversations about advance planning for the future. Whether that’s what is most important to a person in terms of their current goals or priorities, or what they would like to happen as they approach the end of their life and when they die. 

Conversations about death and dying aren’t always easy.  People often instinctively want to shy away from talking about it. But, if we want to make sure that people receive the same high quality of care and support at the end of their life as they do when they are born, then it’s really important that we have those conversations. It’s also important that people have those conversations with those closest to them too. 

One very practical part of that process is making a Will. Many people don’t have one, but it’s a much simpler process than people think, and gives real peace of mind too. 

To help local people get their affairs in order, this March, we’re joining forces with local solicitors who have kindly agreed to waive their usual fee and provide a free Will writing service, in return for a donation to St Ann’s.   

Our Will Month is really easy to take part in and you can sign up now – simply choose a solicitor from our list, make an appointment to turn your wishes into a Will, and make your donation to the hospice.   

We’re really privileged that many people choose to remember us as part of their lasting legacy in their Will.  Just 1% of a person’s estate left to a charity like ours makes a big difference, and around a third of the care we provide is funded by the kind gifts we receive from Wills. You don’t need to leave St Ann’s a gift to take part in Will Month, but we’re always very appreciative to anyone who does think of us in this way. 

A few minutes taken putting your Will together can make a huge difference to those around you.  And, by taking part in Will Month and making a donation in lieu of the usual solicitor fees, you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of the people we support at the hospice too.  Thank you. 

Have you made your Will?

You can find details of how to make a Will this Will Month by clicking below or by calling the Fundraising Team on 0161 498 3631. 

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