Leave a gift in your Will

Leave a gift in your Will

Gifts in Wills fund the care of 1 in 4 of our patients

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Gifts in Wills fund the care of 1 in 4 patients

Last year we cared for 725 patients. 181 of these were cared for thanks to gifts in Wills.

Gifts in Wills are our most valuable and cost effective form of fundraising. With less than 20% of our funding coming from the Government, knowing we have a pipeline of gifts in Wills means we can more confidently plan our longer term future, and ensure we are there for those who need us most in years to come.

All gifts in Wills are very important and special to our patients, no matter the size of the gift, and will make a profound difference to your local community. You don’t have to be rich to leave a legacy – any amount is greatly appreciated by our patients and their families.

To find out more, please have a look at our leaflet here: What’s Your Legacy?

You are never too poor or too young to write a Will.
Writing a Will is probably not as expensive as you think – a basic single Will is around £200. If your estate is complicated it will be more expensive, but all solicitors will give you an estimate of the cost before you commit, and you can shop around.

How do I leave a gift to the hospice?

There are various methods but we recommend that you ask a solicitor to write or amend your Will.

Your solicitor will need to know these details:
Name: St Peter & St James Hospice
Address: North Common Road, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4ED
Registered charity number: 1056114

You may print our Codicil Form to make an amendment to your Will: Click here

We have a list of local solicitors that we have worked with, so please feel to contact us using the form at the bottom of this page if you would like further information. Alternatively, please click here to find a solicitor in your local area: www.solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk

Why is it important to leave a Will?

Without a Will, you will have no say in who inherits your money or how much they will inherit. Having a Will in place means that what you wish to happen, will happen, and will give you peace of mind knowing your loved ones are provided for. Your Will also gives you the opportunity to support causes which are close to your heart and ensure they are there to help future generations.

If you die intestate (without a Will), your estate will be divided up according to certain rules, established by the government. Dying intestate not only means your estate will not necessarily go to the people you want it to go to, it means that if you do not have family, the government will inherit your money and possessions.

By leaving a Will, you will reduce the emotional and financial stress on your family at a time when they will be grieving for you, and you will be able to set out your funeral wishes. It also means you can appoint someone you trust to carry out the wishes you have stated in your Will.

Emergency Will Writing

We have an emergency Will writing service for those who need to make a Will at short notice.

One of our participating solicitors would be happy to visit you or your loved one, either in the hospice or in your own home. They will gently and sensitively guide you through the process and will prepare your Will quickly and efficiently, within hours if necessary, so that your wishes are accurately recorded. If you need this service, please call us on 01444 470710.

Our promise to you

– We are always here if you’d like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your Will. We won’t put any pressure on you.
– We fully understand that your loved ones come first.
– We respect your right to privacy regarding your final wishes.
– We will use your gift in the best way we can. If your Will states how you wish for your gift to be used, we will honour this.
– Any information you share with us will be kept confidential.

Please feel free to fill in the Contact Us form below if you would like more information, or call us on 01444 470710.

Make a Will Month

Create or update your Will at a heavily discounted rate.

Throughout April 2019, local solicitors have generously agreed to offer a limited number of Will writing appointments free of charge, and ask instead that you donate to St Peter & St James Hospice. The suggested donation is £120 for a single Will and £180 for a joint Will.

For more information, please email fundraising@stpjhospice.org or call us on 01444 470710.

Find out more about Make a Will month.

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