THE very first Make a Will Fortnight scheme run by St Wilfrid’s Hospice raised £15,604.85.
In total, 17 local firms of solicitors took part in the pilot scheme, donating their time and expertise, and forfeiting their fees for a suggested client donation to the hospice.
A few solicitor firms reported being quite overwhelmed by the response to the scheme, with the Chichester and Bognor offices of George Ide LLP writing more than 60 wills between them.
Michelle Sidney, individuals fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “The scheme has proven to be a great success and we are extremely grateful to the solicitors for their very generous support.
“Not only has the scheme raised immediate funds for the hospice but, importantly, it has prompted people to ensure their affairs are in order by preparing a will.
“There are many reasons to make a will and people are often surprised at how much their assets add up to. Wills not only ensure your estate is distributed as you wish, but also that your wishes for dependent children, pets and funeral plans are taken care of.
“Once those you care about are provided for you may also wish to leave a gift to your favourite charities.”
The hospice would like to thank everyone who took part in the Make a Will Fortnight scheme and hopes to repeat the scheme again next year.