Month dedicated to making a will brings in cash for hospice cause

Make A Will Month. 'From left: Josie Birnie, solicitor, and Valerie McPherson, legal secretary, of Sumner and Tabor solicitors in Berkhamsted talking about the success of the campaign with Kate Rogers, trusts and major gifts manager at the Hospice of St Francis.
Make A Will Month. 'From left: Josie Birnie, solicitor, and Valerie McPherson, legal secretary, of Sumner and Tabor solicitors in Berkhamsted talking about the success of the campaign with Kate Rogers, trusts and major gifts manager at the Hospice of St Francis.

A fundraising scheme to raise cash for a good cause while getting people to draw up a will has raised more than £5,650.

Make A Will Month, held back in March, in aid of the Hospice of St Francis ran through a partnership between the charity and nine solicitors based in Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Amersham, Aylesbury, Harpenden and St Albans.

The legal firms waived or reduced their fees for preparing a standard will in lieu of a donation to the hospice.

Trusts and major gifts manager at the hospice Kate Rogers said: “We’d like to thank all the solicitors and all the members of the public who took part for helping to raise vital funds which enable us to continue the valuable work we do.”

A total of 39 people took advantage of the scheme to have wills drawn up.

Kate said: “Our Make A Will Month helps break down the barriers to making a will, making the process as easy and straight forward as possible, using friendly local solicitors who are able to guide people through the legal language and ensure their future wishes are taken care of.

“Make A Will month isn’t about leaving all your money to the hospice, but if you do want to include a gift to help fund our work it’s a lovely way of helping others from your local community in the future.”

For more information about leaving a gift to the hospice in your will email kate.rogers@stfrancis.org.uk and for more on the hospice click here or call 01442 869555.