Six in 10 adults in the UK have not made a Will, a research report has found.*
Dying without a Will can mean that a person’s money, property, and possessions will not go to the people and causes they care about.
The report, by IRN Wills and Probate, also found that many have not made a Will as they don’t think they have anything of value to pass on, despite one in six owning a property.
Chorley children’s hospice, Derian House, has partnered with solicitors in Make a Will Month (January) to give people an opportunity to plan for the future while also supporting their local charity.
Supporters can write or update their Will with a chosen solicitor, and in return, a percentage of their fee will be donated to Derian House.
Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors is taking part and will donate 50 percent of fees to the charity that provides care to seriously ill babies, children and young people from across the North West.
Victoria Harcourt, Solicitor at Marsden Rawsthorn, said: “Derian House is an amazing charity. We are in awe of their dedication and compassion and their work has touched all of our hearts.”
Dorothy Lawrenson’s husband Dennis left a gift in his Will to Derian House after their daughter passed away aged 16.
Dorothy said: “Our daughter died on an adult ward at Lancaster hospital as she was too old to be on the children’s ward. Derian House did not exist at the time but we visited the hospice some years later and were so impressed with the services they have on offer, particularly for young adults.
“My husband chose to support the hospice by leaving a gift in his Will and I am pledging to do the same in the hope that there will always be a place for families like ours to turn to.”
Gillian Rabbett, Events and Legacies Marketing Coordinator at Derian House, said: “We’re so grateful to the local solicitors taking part in Make a Will Month and hope our supporters will consider leaving a gift to Derian House. Gifts in Wills help fund the care of 1 in 10 of our children and young people.
“Everyone who leaves a legacy to Derian House Children’s Hospice has their name engraved on a copper leaf and placed on our beautiful legacy tree, allowing us to recognise and remember your kindness and generosity in a special way.
“There is no obligation to include a gift to Derian House in your Will, although a gift, however big or small, will help us to continue to provide care and memories for years to come.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice has been helping children and young people with life-limiting conditions make the most of every moment for almost 30 years. The hospice offers respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and their families from across the North West and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* Figure taken from IRN Wills and Probate Research Report, titled UK Wills & Probate Market 2020: Consumer Research Report