A free will writing service offered for one week by two solicitors firms to raise money for The Ipswich Hospital Charity has been a huge success. The Write a Will week gave people a chance to cut the cost of planning for their legacy after death.
The charity’s Kate Ashton and Jess Watkins took details from people wanting to be referred to the solicitors Marshall Hatchick or Gotelee solicitors. Jess said: “We secured fabulous support from two solicitors to offer those who didn’t have a will to get one done for free.
“Those who needed their will altered could also take up the offer,for example, if they had just had children or some of their circumstances had changed in some other way. We hoped it would act as a catalyst to inspire people to take up the opportunity. It’s important not to just keep putting it off.”
The charity also hoped to raise its profile and encourage people to leave it a gift when they die. “Legacies are really important,” Kate said. “They make a real difference to the work we can achieve. You can do the right thing by family and friends and still help out your local hospital. Even a small inheritance makes a massive difference.”
A professionally-written will usually costs between £100 and £200. The charity is hoping those who took up the offer will be generous after making significant savings. A gift of £50 (minimum) is suggested. Gotelee’s Helen Crapnell said: “We were delighted to help support the legacy week and we offered as many free wills as we could at our Ipswich, Hadleigh and Felixstowe offices.”
Chris Cumberbatch, partner at Marshall Hatchick, said: “We feel that it is good to give something back to the community and we are very pleased to be helping the Ipswich Hospital Charity.”
Kate added that, as demand was so high, the charity will consider repeating the offer in the future.She said: “As it was our first time offering this deal, we were unsure how it would be taken up, and we are delighted it proved to be extremely popular.”
Article from Ipswich Star dated 10th November 2015.