Will Month

Making your Will can seem daunting and feel like one of the most important decisions of your life. It is actually a lot easier than you think and it’s a way to make a lasting and positive statement about what you want for the future.

To help you with the process, we are holding our very first Will Month in March. We have teamed up with local legal firms who are offering their services for an entire month, rather than a week, in return for a voluntary donation. Should you want to, after you have made provisions for your loved ones, you can also leave a gift in your will to St Ann’s Hospice.

A gift now and an investment in the future…

Did you know that every year, thousands of people die without making a Will? This means that their final wishes are not known and there’s a good chance that more money than is necessary will go straight to the taxman and not to a cause or number of causes that are close to an individual’s heart.

Of course, no one knows what the future hold, our circumstances change throughout our lives. With this in mind, perhaps, even if you have made a will already, you may wish to update it.

So, why not join us for Will Month this March, take the opportunity to get your affairs in order, gain peace of mind and ensure that your lasting wishes will be carried out.

Why make a Will?

  • It means that you can decide what happens to your personal possessions
  • It can prevent unnecessary upset around who inherits your estate
  • If you live with a partner but you’re not married, then legally, they may not necessarily be looked after but you can provide for your partner and any children and be confident your wishes are met
  • You can seek advice and deal with any tax planning to avoid or reduce inheritance tax
  • You can continue to help the charities/good causes that you’ve supported during your lifetime

Family and friends first
At St Ann’s we know that caring for your family is a priority.  However, after making provision for your family and friends you can leave whatever is left in your estate (known as the residue) to St Ann’s Hospice, either alone or alongside other charities.

Cash Legacy
Cash donations are always very welcome.  But do remember that cash donations can decrease in value over time.  To avoid this you can either index link your gift or review it every now and again to make sure it retains original value.

Legacy in Kind
Specific items such as property, shares, jewellery or furniture can also be gifted.  Leaving the contents of your home as a gift in your Will is most welcome as our shops can then realise the value of your gift for St Ann’s Hospice.

If you would like to take part in this campaign please call our Fundraising team for a confidential chat on 0161 498 3631 or email legacies@sah.org.uk.

Day Care Kathy Roper Clinical

How it works…

Our local solicitors are kindly giving up their time for free, we invite you to make a donation to St Ann’s instead of paying them their usual fee. Here are the donations we recommend, please note, these are a lot lower than the fee you would normally pay.

  • £105 – Single Will • £175 – Mirror Will • £65 – Updated Will / Codicil

Every donation helps us to continue providing our services, free of charge, to local patients and their loved ones.

  • We’ll send you a list of participating solicitors in your local area and a donation envelope.
  • You choose your solicitor.
  • You contact them to make your appointment.
  • Prepare for your appointment by thinking about what you have to give and who you would like to leave a gift for.
  • Choose at least one executor – someone you trust to make sure your wishes are carried out.
  • Think about any charities you’d like to leave a gift to, this could mean that the taxman will collect less tax from your estate.

What happens next…

Your solicitor will draft your Will or make any amendments to an existing Will and prepare it for you to sign.

They will accept your donation envelope and pass the donation directly to us.

We’ll write to you to say thank you and if you have agreed, we’ll keep in touch and let you know what’s happening at St Ann’s and how every donation makes a difference.

For answers to frequently asked questions click here.

Anne Tinnion - Volunteer

Anne supported St Ann’s by taking part in our last Will Campaign. She chose to make a donation at the time and she also wanted to let us know that she had left St Ann’s a gift in her will so that we know that we have her support into the future.

St Ann’s is such a wonderful place and in my role as a receptionist, I see so many people coming to the hospice, either as a patient or with their loved one. I always try to make them smile and reassure them as sometimes, people are apprehensive about what to expect in a hospice. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to talk and it’s so important to me to be able to do that, I really believe that a kind word helps a lot. Knowing that I’ve made a difference to their day is really important to me. Knowing that a gift in my will is going to continue making a difference makes me feel proud and reassured that my love for St Ann’s will live on.