Good­will goes a long way

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOS­PICE -

AL­MOST a third of East Cheshire Hos­pice pa­tients are cared for thanks to lega­cies left to the char­ity.

The im­por­tance of such be­quests is be­ing stressed by the hos­pice dur­ing its cur­rent Will Week (Oc­to­ber 2 to 6) as solic­i­tors play their part to help raise funds to cover care costs.

A to­tal of 10 solic­i­tors firms have waived their usual fees for writ­ing, or up­dat­ing an ex­ist­ing will, in re­turn for a do­na­tion to the hos­pice. Karyn Johnston, in­come gen­er­a­tion direc­tor at the hos­pice, said: “Legacy giv­ing is ex­tremely im­por­tant to the fu­ture of our hos­pice and each year 72 pa­tients and fam­i­lies have the care they re­ceive paid for by a gift left in some­one’s will.

“It’s such an easy thing to do, but by leav­ing East Cheshire Hos­pice a fixed amount or a per­cent­age of your es­tate in your will, you can make a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of those in our com­mu­nity fac­ing their dark­est days.

“Our end of life care is avail­able to any­one over 18, ir­re­spec­tive of their di­ag­no­sis, which means a gift in your will to­day could end up sup­port­ing your own loved ones in the fu­ture.”

The hos­pice treats around 250 pa­tients a year, a num­ber which is about to dou­ble as it rolls out its new Hos­pice@Home ser­vice, which has been de­vel­oped with other health care providers. With 80 per cent of its in­come com­ing from do­na­tions, in­clud­ing lega­cies, it em­pha­sises just how much the hos­pice re­lies on the good­will of the com­mu­nity.

The largest legacy the char­ity re­ceived was £1.1m in 2008, pro­vid­ing the fund­ing for an ex­ten­sion and mod­erni­sa­tion of the in­pa­tient area at its Mill­bank Drive site.

It cre­ated seven sin­gle en-suite rooms, a be­spoke ad­mis­sions area, plus re­fur­bish­ment of the two re­main­ing four-bed­ded wards.

Other lega­cies have helped fund a staff nurse’s salary, com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies and meals for in­pa­tients for var­i­ous pe­ri­ods of time.

The smallest legacy was £25.

For more de­tails about gifts in wills visit www. eastcheshire­hos­pice. org.uk.

Karyn Johnston, in­come gen­er­a­tion and sup­port ser­vices direc­tor at East Cheshire Hos­pice

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