The Ayrshire Hospice were absolutely delighted that £34,222 was raised during last year’s Make a Will fortnight with 398 Wills being prepared or updated by the 38 supporting solicitors’ offices all across Ayrshire & Arran.  The campaign is hugely popular and has now raised over £175,000 for the hospice since it began 8 years ago. This is mainly thanks to the ongoing support of the many participating solicitors throughout Ayrshire who willingly give their service free of charge to the Ayrshire community in return for a donation to the hospice.

Fiona Paton, Senior Fundraising Officer at the hospice said: “Our thanks must go to the generous solicitors and supporters in the Ayrshire community and beyond, for once again supporting this important campaign. We’re absolutely delighted and honoured to have the support of so many solicitors’ offices all across Ayrshire and Arran. We recognise the amount of work that the solicitors and their staff put in during our Make a Will Fortnight and we are hugely indebted to them and their clients for their continued support”.

McSherry Halliday have supported the appeal since its launch and have raised an incredible £40,177 for the hospice over the last eight years. Catherine Morrow who joined the firm in January 2017 and was assumed as Partner in January this year said: “The Partners and staff all recognise the significance of supporting the work of the hospice.   All the funds raised stay in Ayrshire and directly benefit people in the local area. The hospice provides outstanding care and services to people with any life limiting illness at no cost to them or their families. Knowing that the donations we generate through our participation in the Make a Will Fortnight are so appreciated, is hugely rewarding and important to us as a local Ayrshire firm of solicitors”.

The Ayrshire Hospice 2019 Make a Will Fortnight will take place between 14th and 25th October 2019. If you’d like to take the opportunity to make or update your Will in exchange for a donation to the hospice all you need to do is call the participating solicitor of your choice to book an appointment between these dates. The solicitors will guide you through the process and will also collect your donation to the hospice. A list of all the supporting solicitors is available on the Ayrshire Hospice website at https://www.ayrshirehospice.org/how-you-can-help/fundraising/legacies/ or by calling their Fundraising Office on 01292 288488.  

During 2018/19 over £962,070 was kindly left in bequests and legacies to the Ayrshire Hospice by people in their Wills.  These gifts are a vital source of income for the hospice as over two-thirds of their funding comes from voluntary donations.

The care provided by the Ayrshire Hospice is at no cost to the patient. However, it does require extensive, on-going fundraising support.  It costs almost £7.7million to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services – equating to approximately £21,300 per day!

Would you consider leaving the Ayrshire Hospice a gift in your Will?  Every gift, large or small, makes a difference to the patients they care for today, their families and loved ones, and those they will care for in the future. Just 1% from an estate can make a significant difference and leaving a gift to the hospice in your Will could have tax benefits for your estate by reducing inheritance tax.

If you would like any advice about the Ayrshire Hospice Make a Will Fortnight or would like to find out how you could leave a gift in your Will to the hospice, please contact Fiona Paton, Senior Fundraising Officer at the Fundraising Office on 01292 288488.