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