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Make a Will Month

What is Make a Will Month?

St Gemma’s is working with local solicitors to give you the opportunity to have your Will written this October. Local solicitors are generously waiving their usual fees and donating their time and expertise to help raise funds for the Hospice. Every donation made to St Gemma’s as part of Make a Will Month will help provide much needed care and support to the patients and families who need us.

Why write a Will?

At St Gemma’s we understand the peace of mind people feel knowing that they have provided for their families and that their wishes are clear.

Having an up-to-date Will ensures that your money, property and possessions go to the people and causes you care about. Putting your affairs in order now can make life much easier for your loved ones later.

“I have two young children, so I wanted to make a Will to make sure they would be taken care of if anything happened to me or my partner. It was really easy to arrange and the process of making the Will was straightforward.

St Gemma’s showed my amazing nana such kindness, so I was pleased to be able to make a donation for making my Will.”


How to take part

Choose a solicitor from the list. Contact them now to make an appointment in October, quote ‘St Gemma’s Make a Will Month’. Complete the registration form. We will send you confirmation of registration to show your solicitor at your appointment.

We suggest a minimum donation of £100 for a basic Will (for a single person) or £150 for Mirror Wills (for a couple).

  • £100 could provide a specialist bereavement support session for someone struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one
  • £150 helps keep a patient mobile and independent by providing physiotherapy support
  • £250 could cover the cost of a visit from our community team to a patient in their own home to provide clinical advice and support
  • £500 per day funds care for one patient staying at the Hospice, covering everything from expert care, to pain relief and meals

Are there any extra costs?

All the solicitors taking part in the scheme are waiving their fees for simple Wills. If your Will is more complex there may also be an additional fee to pay. Please discuss your requirements with your solicitor when you make your appointment. Before they start the work, they will let you know if there will be any additional costs.

*Some participating solicitors charge a small fee for identity checking.

Do I need to include a gift for St Gemma’s in my Will?

Leaving a gift to St Gemma’s is easy and anyone can do it. If you take part in Make a Will Month there’s no obligation to leave the Hospice a gift. However, once you’ve provided for your loved ones, any gift you leave – even a small percentage – will help us to continue caring for the patients and families who need us in our local community. If you’d like to leave a gift to St Gemma’s, tell your solicitor at your appointment or for more information about leaving a gift to help local people living with life-threating illnesses, visit www.st-gemma.co.uk/yourlegacy or call Katy Lee on 0113 306 9165.

How do I book an appointment?

Appointments will be available to book from 1 September 2023. To make an appointment please call your chosen solicitor and quote ‘St Gemma’s Make a Will Month’. Each firm is providing a limited number of places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

What types of appointments are available?

Different firms may provide office appointments, home visits, video calls or telephone appointments. Please ask your chosen solicitor what type is available. If you need a home visit there may be an extra charge extra for this.

BSL supported Will writing

For more information or to book an appointment at our BSL supported event on 5th October please contact Leeds Involving People at info@leedsinvolvement.org.uk  or text 07719 328 721.

Find out more

To request a free, no obligation guide to the ‘Make a Will Month’ scheme please email anna.murphy@st-gemma.co.uk or call Anna on 0113 306 9170.

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