DERIAN HOUSE supporters have an extra incentive to get their affairs in order this January, as making their Will could also raise vital funds to help care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses from across the North West.
Both services are available all year around, but the hospice hopes its Make a Will Month will help to highlight the importance of preparing a Will and raise awareness with local people.
Gillian Rabbett, Events and Legacies Marketing Coordinator, said: “One in five of the children and young people at Derian House are cared for thanks to gifts in Wills. It’s a way of supporting the hospice that costs nothing during your lifetime but will have a powerful impact for years to come.”
The care provided at Derian House is free for families, but services cost £5million to run every year. With only 12% of funding coming from the government, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.
It could be that you’re getting married, buying a house, expecting a new baby, or are dealing with the loss of a loved one – these are all important life events that make writing a Will a crucial step in protecting those around you.
Dorothy’s husband, Dennis, decided to leave a gift in his Will to Derian House after their daughter sadly 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.”
To find out more about leaving a gift in your will to Derian House Children’s Hospice, please visit https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/leave-a-gift-in-your-will/ or call 01257 233300 ext 302.