“Make a Will, Make a Difference” for the Ayrshire Hospice

“Make a Will, Make a Difference” for the Ayrshire Hospice

Posted on 19 September 2017 by Monika Reichelt

Thirty eight solicitors firms from across Ayrshire and Arran will join forces between 16th and 31st October to support the Ayrshire Hospice. As part of the Ayrshire Hospice Make a Will Fortnight, local solicitors have very kindly agreed to waive their fee and write or update Wills in return for a donation to the hospice.  All people need to do is contact a participating solicitor (list available at www.ayrshirehospice.org/how-you-can-help/make-a-will-fortnight/) to make an appointment between Monday 16th and Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Trainee solicitor, Louisa Doole at McSherry Halliday (with offices in Irvine, Troon and Kilmarnock) explains “Supporting the work of the hospice is so important to us at McSherry Halliday as the funds raised are directly benefitting 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”.   

The care provided by the Ayrshire Hospice is at no cost to the patient or their familiy, however, it does require extensive, on-going fundraising support.  It cost almost £7.4million last year to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services – equating to approximately £20,000 per day!  Last year’s Make a Will Fortnight raised £27,111 with 404 wills being prepared - enough to fund all hospice services for a whole day!

Olive Lindsay, Senior Fundraising Officer at the Ayrshire Hospice said “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”. 

Local hospice supporter, Wilma Paton hadn’t thought about making a Will until her parents sadly died in 2016.  Wilma said “When the Make a Will fortnight came along last year I decided to make my Will and also help the hospice by giving them a donation.  I made an appointment with a local solicitor to make my Will and it was all completed within four weeks.  I would recommend the Ayrshire Hospice Make a Will fortnight to others.  I have learned that it is important to have a Will at any age.  The Make a Will fortnight is an ideal time to make a Will if you don’t already have one, or to even update an existing Will. It also gives you piece of mind that your Will is made – it’s something less to worry about.  You are benefiting from getting your Will made and the hospice benefits from receiving a donation which makes today matter, and tomorrow too.”

For more information on Make a Will Fortnight taking place from 16th to 31st October 2017 please contact Olive Lindsay in the Ayrshire Hospice fundraising team on 01292 288488 or email olive.lindsay@ayrshirehospice.org.