St Clare Hospice calls on local people to leave a gift in their will

Charity / Sat 3rd Sep 2022 at 09:26am

ST Clare Hospice is calling on more local people to consider leaving a gift in their Will to the West Essex and East Herts charity.

Leaving a gift in your Will can make a huge impact, with more than half a million pounds donated to St Clare Hospice through gifts in Wills in the past year.

St Clare Hospice CEO, Sarah Thompson, said: “St Clare is a local charity mostly funded by local people – a significant amount of money comes to St Clare in the form of gifts in Wills. If those were to disappear, then the range of outstanding care St Clare provides could be at risk. St Clare currently cares for around 1,500 families each year, both at the Hospice and in peoples own home, as well as providing free bereavement support.”

“In the past financial year we have received over £580,000 through gifts that people have left to the Hospice in their Will, which is a significant amount of income. In fact, it is enough to fund our entire Inpatient Unit for more than 16 weeks. The team on the Inpatient Unit give vital care which enables family members to become husbands, wives, sons and daughters again, rather than carers.”

Mark Astarita, a Trustee of St Clare Hospice, has written his Will and left gifts to various charities in it, including St Clare Hospice. Mark said, “I like knowing that I will be leaving the world in a slightly better place once I have gone – my legacy will live on, knowing that I have left a bit of my star dust behind to help others. I believe that giving is a two-way thing, you get a lot back from giving to someone else.”

Writing or amending a Will is easy to do either by using a solicitor or online. When leaving a gift to St Clare, people can chose to leave a percentage of their estate or a specified amount. Any gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference to St Clare Hospice and the local people they care for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information, visit St Clare Hospice’s website: stclarehospice.org.uk/leave-a-gift-in-your-will or email [email protected]

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