A trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice who had put off making a will for many years finally put pen to paper as part of the charity’s annual Wills Week - and is now encouraging others to take the opportunity of this year’s campaign to get their affairs in order.
Euxton reverend Peter Taylor admitted that writing a will was something he had ‘never got round to’, but when his wife Suzanne died three years ago, it prompted him to think more seriously about getting his wishes officially recorded.
“Not only do I have peace of mind that everything is in place for my family when the time comes, but I’ve also helped to support the on-going work of the hospice through my donation”Rev. Peter Taylor
As a long-standing trustee and hospice supporter – who served on the Pewortham and Longton Support Group, set up to raise money before St Catherine’s even opened – Rev Peter was keen to use it as an opportunity to generate much-needed funds by making his will during Wills Week.
This year the initiative runs from November 9 to 14, and involves solicitors writing wills without charging their normal fee. Instead, people are invited to make a voluntary donation to a chosen charity.
Rev. Peter, a father of three and grandfather-of-six, said: “I was very conscious that I want things to be as straightforward as possible for my family when that time comes.
“Now not only do I have peace of mind that everything is in place, but I’ve also helped to support the on-going work of the hospice through my donation.
“I’ve been involved with St Catherine’s since the beginning and have served as a trustee for 20 years, so I know how much it depends on donations and fund-raising to be able to deliver its vital services.”
He added: “It’s easy to keep saying ‘I’ll do that one day’ and never to get around it.
“Wills Week is the ideal opportunity to finally write your will, with the knowledge that you’re supporting a fantastic local charity at the same time.”
Firms involved include Birchall Blackburn Law, Chadwicks, Ellen Fay, Forbes, Harrison Drury, John Whittle Robinson, Marsden Rawsthorn, Vincents and Worralls.
During 2015, St Catherine’s would also like to attract 30 new pledges in wills – their target in the Give A Gift campaign with the Lancashire Evening Post.
The hospice’s senior fund-raiser, Lynne Whittaker, explained: “Wills Week can also be a time for people to consider any gift they might like to leave.
“On average, the specialised care of one in six of our patients is funded by gifts in wills, showing just how important these donations are to the hospice.”
To request a Wills Week information pack, visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 629171. Appointments will take place with solicitors during week of November 9.
To get involved in the Give a Gift campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 695290.