Life is for living and it can go against every instinct we have to start planning for our death, but every adult, of whatever age, needs to think ahead as the earlier you talk about dying wishes, the easier it is emotionally and practically for everyone. St Christopher’s Will Week from 11 – 15 September 2017 is designed to encourage the people of Bromley and Southwark to plan for their future peace of mind.
St Christopher’s Will Week is the ideal opportunity to put financial affairs in order. It may be difficult to think about, but making a Will, and making your wishes known, can help you to support those you care about after your death, and avoid leaving them with unnecessary stress and financial matters to deal with.
During St Christopher’s Will Week, five law firms across Bromley and one in Southwark will generously waive their fee for their Will-writing services, in return for you making a one-off gift to support the hospice (suggested gift of £150 for a simple Will or £200 for a pair of simple mirror Wills).
Dympna Ewings, from Ewings & Co Solicitors in Penge, explains why they are involved, “We are really happy to support our local hospice by taking part in St Christopher’s Will Week as we have had so many clients who have benefitted from the loving care that St Christopher’s gives to their patients during their end of life care. We have also seen the benefits of their Namaste care programme for people with advanced dementia, put into place in local care homes.”
To take advantage of St Christopher’s Will Week, contact one of our Will Week solicitors quoting ‘St Christopher’s Will Week’ between 11-15 September 2017 and make an appointment at a later, mutually convenient time.
Please see www.stchristophers.org.uk/willweek for further information or contact Helen Wheeler on 020 8768 4715. There may be a limited number of appointments available and your Will must be straightforward in nature.
Derek Byrne, 52, has volunteered at St Christopher’s Penge shop for the last 6 years, and updated his Will through our last Will Week initiative in March 2017, after seeing a poster in the staff room. He made a will a few years back, but decided it was a good time to update it.
Derek, who lives in Penge, comments, “It’s easy to think you haven’t got much, but it’s surprising how things change – especially if you have property because house prices have gone up so much. That’s why I decided to update my Will now. I actually used St Christopher’s Will Week to make my first will, and it was really easy to update it this time as they already had my will. The solicitors were so friendly and really made the whole experience personal, taking the time to get to know me and learn about my situation. The whole process was really straightforward and I would definitely recommend St Christopher’s Will Week, especially as you know you’re supporting the hospice!”
Derek has also very kindly included a gift to St Christopher’s in his Will. Gifts such as these are enormously important to St Christopher’s and it is hugely grateful to everyone who thinks of the hospice when writing their will. As a registered charity, St Christopher’s needs to raise over £14 million every year, and over half of this vital income comes from gifts in Wills.