In April 2023, eight solicitor firms across east Kent are generously giving their time and expertise to write or update Wills, in exchange for donations to Pilgrims Hospices.
In the UK, nearly 60% of adults do not have a Will. By making your appointment via Pilgrims’ Make a Will Month scheme, you can ensure your wishes will be fulfilled when you’re gone.
Solicitors across east Kent will waive their fees to write or update Wills, with all proceeds going directly towards providing local hospice care. Since its inception in 2013, the scheme has raised over £185,000 for Pilgrims, and has helped over 1,000 local people to make or update their Wills.
Each year, the participating firms are invited in to one of the hospices to discuss the upcoming scheme. This year, they were joined by Sophie Van Walwyk, Head of Psychosocial and Wellbeing Services, who gave the solicitors an insight into the vital work the hospice does with their patients in the Therapy Centres.
Sophie said: “Part of the vital work we do at the hospice is supporting our patients and their families plan for their death. If you need to make or update your Will, there really is no better way to do it, knowing that you’ll also be making a huge difference to the lives of so many people who benefit from our care in the most difficult of times.”
Visit pilgrimshospices.org/makeawill for further information on suggested donation amounts, and to see a full list of participating solicitor branches.
Pilgrims Hospices cares for thousands of local people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community and in their inpatient units as well as running a 24-hour advice line.
1st March 2022
Make a Will Month celebrates tenth year of supporting hospice care
In April and May 2022, seven solicitor firms across east Kent are generously giving their time and expertise to write or update Wills, in exchange for donations to Pilgrims Hospices.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the hospice charity’s Make a Will Month scheme, normally held in February, which has raised over £170,000 for hospice care. For 2022, appointments will be available throughout April and May* for those who wish to make or amend Single or Mirror Wills.
We’ve heard first-hand just how invaluable the work of Pilgrims really is. Many clients choose to support them when drafting their Wills, so we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to show our support too!
Zara King, Stilwell & Singleton
Ellie Cane, Individual Giving Officer, said:
“We’re delighted to say that we are building on the previous success of this appeal by welcoming two new solicitor firms for Make a Will Month 2022. Martin Tolhurst in Ashford, and Stilwell & Singleton in Deal, Dover and Sandwich have joined us to help more people in east Kent get their Will made.”
One of the many lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught is the importance of being prepared for the unexpected, and part of this is ensuring you have a Will in place so you have the reassurance of knowing your wishes will be fulfilled after you’ve gone.
Ellie added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the firms that have supported Pilgrims over the last ten years by partnering with us for Make a Will Month, and encourage everyone in east Kent to take this chance to make or update their Will whilst supporting their local hospice.”
Your Will is such an important document and there can be no doubt it is worth doing it properly. Making an appointment with one of our experts is a great way to donate to a crucial local charity and receive something of significant benefit to you and your family in return.
Simon Crooks, Boys & Maughan Solicitors
There are seven solicitor firms taking part in Make a Will Month 2022:
Suggested donations are £150 for a straightforward single Will, or £250 for an uncomplicated double Will. Those taking part are also welcome to donate more if they choose. An additional charge will be agreed with the chosen solicitor for a more complex Will.
*Participating month may differ from firm to firm; please check with firms directly.
Please contact your preferred firm directly to make an appointment.
Each year, Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,500 people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.
30th June 2021
Making a Will is making a difference for hospice care
Wills specialists at Boys & Maughan have donated £21,800 to vital services at local Pilgrims Hospices following two successful Make a Will Months.
The firm’s offices in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Birchington waived their usual charge for 108 individuals and couples who wished to make a will, instead donating their fees to Pilgrims Hospices.
The money was raised in two month-long campaigns, the first ending just before the first lockdown in March 2020 and the second in March this year. A number of local firms take part in Make a Will Month and Boys & Maughan’s grand total was confirmed by the hospice this week.
Sara Scriven, Individual Giving Manager at Pilgrims Hospices, said: “The sums Boys & Maughan has raised over the past two years are enough to fund a specialist palliative nurse here at Pilgrims for over seven months, so we are enormously grateful for these donations. Boys & Maughan’s private client team is held in high regard by the hospices and should be exceptionally proud.”
Staff at all our offices were delighted to take part in Wills Month once again this year.
Simon Crooks, Boys & Maughan
Simon Crooks, Partner at Boys & Maughan’s Canterbury Broad Street office, said: “Staff at all our offices were delighted to take part in Wills Month once again this year. Pilgrims Hospices is a charity that most people have had some experience of receiving support from and makes a huge contribution to the community.
“Talking to people who took part in the campaign, many of them said that they had been putting off the task of making their will and knowing that their donation would make a difference inspired them to take stock and plan ahead. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our clients who took part.”
The sums Boys & Maughan has raised over the past two years are enough to fund a specialist palliative nurse here at Pilgrims for over seven months.
Sara Scriven, Pilgrims Hospices
Boys and Maughan’s total for Make a Will Month 2021 was £9,350 from 46 wills and last year they raised £12,450 from 62 wills. 2021 was the eighth year in a row that the firm has taken part in the scheme and its will-writing team met with people from across east Kent who were keen to take up the opportunity.
Photo: (From left) Andrew Baker, Sara Scriven from Pilgrims Hospices, Kat Gray, Sarah Richards and Simon Crooks.
Pilgrims Hospices cares for more than 2,500 local people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community and in their inpatient units as well as running a 24-hour advice line.
24th January 2020
Solicitors offer their time and expertise to support local hospice charity
Solicitor firms across east Kent this February are kindly donating their time and expertise to write Wills completely free of charge, in return for a donation to Pilgrims Hospices.
All money raised through the scheme will be donated to Pilgrims, in order that we can continue to be there for the families who need us now and in the future. Last year, Make a Will Month raised more than £23,250; enough to fund over 930 hours of nursing care for people facing a terminal diagnosis and their families.
Sara Scriven, Individual Giving Manager at Pilgrims Hospices said: “We are incredibly grateful to the solicitors who are generously giving up their time to take part in this scheme.
“2020 will be our seventh year of running Make a Will Month in east Kent and, over that time it has raised enough to fund a palliative specialist nurse at the hospice for over three years!
“Almost everyone in our local community knows someone who has, or could have, benefited from the excellent work of our specialist medical staff.
“If you need to make or update your Will, there really is no better way to do it, knowing that you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of so many people who need our care in the most difficult of times.”
We are incredibly grateful to the solicitors who are generously giving up their time to take part in this scheme.
You can click here to find the participating solicitors’ details.
Paula Patton, Solicitor at Robinson Allfree said: “As we are based in east Kent, Robinson Allfree were delighted to be contacted by Pilgrims Hospices with a view to taking part in Make A Will Month 2020 due to the wonderful support offered by Pilgrims in our locality.
“Since taking part in the campaign last year, we have learnt that not only do Pilgrims provide dignified care for patients at the end of their life, but, in fact, they aim to support patients and their families at early stages of diagnosis of an incurable illness including providing counselling and spiritual teams for patients and their families who wish to talk through any worries and fears that they have.
“Many clients have told us that the support they received from Pilgrims enabled their relative or friend to have some enjoyment in the final weeks of their life and to have a dignified death in homely surroundings. This is of course a comfort for family, friends and carers, many of whom try to stay involved with Pilgrims whether through taking up the continued support offered or themselves offering to volunteer or donating to Pilgrims shops. It is our pleasure to be part of Make A Will Month 2020 and to offer as much support to the charity as we can.”
If you would like more information about leaving Pilgrims a gift in your Will, please call 01227 782 062 or email email@example.com. There is no obligation to include a gift in your Will to Pilgrims as part of Make a Will Month 2020.
Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet as well as in patients’ own homes. To offer these services to patients and their families the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.