Here we KCT we always enjoy a new initiative aimed at raising awareness of the importance of will writing, so we found the new initiative from the Myton Hospices charity - which encourages people to get their will drafted by a professional as well as donating to the hospices - very exciting.
The organisation, based in Warwick, hosts an annual 'Make A Will' week and this year highlighted the need for more donations to be made. The Warwick Courier writes that solicitors will be giving up their time in order to aid people with will writing from October 6-10, but only if the client agrees to donate a sum to the charity.
The charity runs hospices in Warwick, Rugby and Coventry with around 25% of the patients cared for thanks to the income from such donations. There are 23 firms taking part from both Warwickshire and Coventry; last year, the week-long event raised more the £15,500 for Myton, with 150 wills being drafted and made during the seven days. For a single will, it is suggested that around £80 be donated, whereas for a joint will the amount rises to around £160.
Hannah Morris from Myton notes that a number of people put off writing their will, which – although not necessarily a pleasant task – can lead to complications in the future. She noted that drafting a professional will is the only sure-fire way to "ensure our wishes are met after we are gone", before adding that this initiative is a fantastic way for an individual to put their "affairs in order" whilst supporting the hospices at the same time.
What do you make of the 'Make A Will' week? Do you think it will draw attention of the importance of drafting a proper will?