Care for the ones you love – and St Clare Hospice – this Make a Will Month 2024

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Published on: Tuesday 21 May 2024 at 15:14

Making a Will means the things that are important to you are written down. Care for the ones you love, and St Clare Hospice, by making a Will this June 2024.

Your Will is the only way you can be sure your wishes will be carried out, and your loved ones are protected after you die. It’s a job that many of us put off (only a third of the UK population have a Will) but Make a Will Month gives you the chance to get your affairs in order.

Steph Phillips is a 36-year-old speech and language therapy assistant who retired due to ill health when she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Steph made her Will last year when she saw a poster for St Clare’s Make a Will Month service whilst visiting the Hospice as an outpatient.

“Just over five years ago I found a lump in my breast,” Steph said. “I didn’t do anything about it for a while and it turned out to be breast cancer. I also had a pain in my back and I was told I should have some physio, but it was actually the cancer that had spread to my spine. 

“I was in a lot of pain, but I just pushed through. You just do, don’t you? However, it got to the point when it was really bad and I needed help. That’s when St Clare came in.”

Steph continued: “My oncologist recommended I go to St Clare for pain management. I’d heard good things about them, so I agreed. I couldn’t drive at the time so I had a couple of video calls with the Hospice’s Clinical Nurse Specialists, and then I came along for some acupuncture. 

“I’ve always liked the idea of a drug-free approach to things, so this interested me. I wanted to concentrate on my energy levels and nausea and I ended up having four sessions. I found they helped and they made me feel calmer and more relaxed. 

“I also came along to the six-week Living Well sessions held at the Hospice. The pace is slow, there’s lots of information and they’ve been good for me. 

“The treatment I was on at the time was pretty harsh, and at first I tried to carry on working, but I missed out on a lot of the things that are on during the day for people with cancer. When you have cancer and are still working you’re stuck between two worlds – not fully working, not fully out of cancer. It was good to stop working and prioritise things in my life. 

“When I saw the poster in the Hospice about making a Will, i was pleased because it was something I knew I wanted to sort out. Making a Will was important to me because I wanted to make sure that all my ‘death admin’ as I call it, was sorted out. 

“I called a solicitor on the St Clare list, made an appointment and it was all done easily. I recently got a puppy, a dachshund called Mylee, and that reinforced how important it is to get everything sorted out for when I’m not around. I’d recommend anyone makes a Will with the St Clare Make a Will Month.”

Between 1st and 30th June, you can make or amend your Will at your chosen local participating law firm in exchange for a donation to St Clare Hospice. 

The suggested minimum donation to St Clare is:

  • £150 for a single Will
  • £200 for a double Will
  • £85 for an amended Will

You can find the full list of participating solictors by clicking here, along with details on how to book an appointment and make your donation. 

If you would like to find out about how you can leave St Clare a gift in your Will, visit our Legacy page here.

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