Yorkshire key NHS and frontline workers offered free will writing service

A financial services company which says it has already saved North East frontline workers £75,000 through a free will-writing service is opening the scheme to Yorkshire’s key workers.

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 2:06 pm

NHS, pharmacy and emergency services staff who have worked through the Covid-19 crisis can apply for the free will service from 313 Financial’s Stephen Dixon, who is based in County Durham.

He said: “The take-up has been amazing and I have been able to help over 550 families to date.

“When the pandemic first hit, it brought into focus how events can change what we think are our normal lives so quickly, making us all reflect on our own circumstances - planning for the present and the future.

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313 Financial’s Stephen Dixon

"Like everyone, I was aware of the unbelievable challenges that NHS and healthcare employees were facing and wanted to do something to help.

"I’m no runner and certainly wasn’t going to be taking on a fitness challenge but it occurred to me that – with my employer’s support – I could offer my time and this free will-writing service to those brave workers who were risking their own lives to help others.

“God forbid any will would be needed in the immediate future but, by removing the financial stumbling block to putting a plan in place, I was hoping to offer people the opportunity to have peace of mind - knowing their wishes would be carried out should the worst happen in any circumstances.”

313 Financial, which began as a two-man enterprise in 2016, now boasts a team of 24.

As well as offering independent mortgage advice and organising applications, 313 says it can source and arrange home, life and health insurance policies as well as helping customers to set up wills, trusts or powers of attorney.

It became part the newly-established 313 Group last year, following the launch of 313 Wealth - which offers advice on pensions, investments, inheritance tax and financial planning for business - and 313 Insurance - which provides advice on a range of insurances including home, car, public liability, buildings and contents and business and commercial cover.

Yorkshire-based emergency services personnel, healthcare workers and pharmacy employees that have been working through the coronavirus pandemic can apply for their free will by emailing [email protected] .

Stephen will then contact them to verify their circumstances and if successful, a phone appointment will be scheduled to start the will-writing process.

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