Free service to benefit hospice

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LOCAL solicitors have teamed up with Barnsley Hospice to offer a free will-making service.

Four firms will waive their fee in February to write simple wills or alter existing ones in exchange for a donation to the hospice.

It costs £9,000 a day to run the hospice at Gawber, with care free for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting condition.

The hospice has to raise £2 million in addition to its £1.6m NHS grant to stay open.

Last year nearly £400,000 was left in wills - a big increase on the average of previous years.

The Barnsley solicitors’ firms offering the service are Howells, Bury & Walkers, Elmhirst Parker and MKB Solicitors, who are waiving the fee in exchange for a suggested £50 donation.