So­lic­i­tor shows that where there’s a will...

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

AN ev­ery­day le­gal task turned in to a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a Mac­cles­field so­lic­i­tor when he re­cently helped with an an­nual East Cheshire Hospice fundrais­ing ven­ture.

Philip Hart­ley, from Blunts Solic­i­tors, was one of 17 le­gal pro­fes­sion­als who waived their fees to help sup­port the hospice dur­ing Will Week but didn’t ex­pect the ges­ture to have an im­pact on his own life. “I prob­a­bly did about 10 wills for a va­ri­ety of peo­ple dur­ing the week and I sud­denly re­alised that I didn’t really know much about the work at the hospice and so I was prompted to take a closer look,” said Philip.

And al­though he has lived less than half a mile away from the hospice for the past 25 years, he’d never ac­tu­ally been in­side the doors of the Mill­bank Drive build­ing. But fol­low­ing a visit or­gan­ised by the hospice cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships man­ager, Leyla Wood­ward, Philip is now con­sid­er­ing sign­ing up as a hospice vol­un­teer.

“I was im­me­di­ately im­pressed and hum­bled by the work that goes on in there and re­alised that we are really lucky as a com­mu­nity to have such a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity,” he said.

“I ad­mit I was a lit­tle sur­prised by the fan­tas­tic warm at­mos­phere through­out the hospice – and I didn’t re­alise that they serve such a huge catch­ment area with lim­ited re­sources.”

Blunts Solic­i­tors hope they have raised more than £1,000 for the hospice dur­ing Will Week, al­though the ex­act fig­ure is un­known as all clients put their do­na­tions into en­velopes in pri­vate.

The to­tal raised by all par­tic­i­pat­ing solic­i­tors from the Mac­cles­field, Bux­ton, Poyn­ton, Con­gle­ton, Knutsford, Stock­port, Dis­ley, Wilm­slow and Sandbach ar­eas is as yet un­known as do­na­tions are still com­ing in but it should top last year’s to­tal of £12,000.

The an­nual event was spon­sored by Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust.

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