April is Phyllis Tuckwell’s Make a Will Month, when eight local solicitors across West Surrey and North-East Hampshire will be offering a professional Covid-secure consultation and a new standard Will or updated Will, in return for a donation to Phyllis Tuckwell. All of the money raised will go directly towards helping fund the vital supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

Writing your Will and keeping it up-to-date are two of the most important things you can do, ensuring that, in the event of your death, your estate will go to the people and causes that matter the most to you. Many people also choose to leave a gift in their Will to a charity which is close to their heart. Without a Will, the law will decide what happens to your estate when you die.

There are a limited number of Wills available from each solicitor, and last year appointments filled up very quickly, so Phyllis Tuckwell advises that you contact your chosen solicitor as soon as you can, to book your place.  The solicitors taking part are: Bates Solicitors in Hartley Wintney; Baker Law LLP in Farnham; Downs Solicitors in Godalming; Herrington Carmichael LLP in Camberley; Kidd Rapinet in Farnham;  Watson Thomas Solicitors in Fleet; Wheelers Solicitors (part of The Morrisons Group) in Ash Vale and Fleet; and Woodford Stauffer in Farnborough. Contact details for all of these solicitors can be found at www.pth.org.uk/makeawillmonth. Simply choose a solicitor from the list and contact them to book an appointment.

“Making a Will is so important, and we are hugely grateful to everyone who has chosen to leave a gift in their Will to Phyllis Tuckwell,” says Hannah Robins, Legacy Officer at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Legacies fund the care of 1 in 5 of our patients – that’s 400 patients a year. If you are able to leave a legacy to Phyllis Tuckwell, no matter what the amount, it will help us to continue providing our care for generations to come.”

Phyllis Tuckwell has continued to provide its care throughout the pandemic, caring for patients on its In-Patient Unit at the Hospice, and in patients’ own homes, with staff wearing full PPE for face-to-face care, and providing support via phone and video calls, and doorstep deliveries.

If you have any questions about Make a Will Month, or would like to chat confidentially to Phyllis Tuckwell’s Legacy Officer, Hannah Robins, please call 01252 729446 or email hannah.robins@pth.org.uk.