Solicitors waive will fees in exchange for helping hospice

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SOLICITORS in Barnsley have teamed up with the town’s hospice to offer a free will-making service.

Throughout February, four firms – Howells, Bury & Walkers, Elmhirst Parker and MKB Solicitors – will waive their fee 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 bequeathed to it in wills – a big increase on the average of previous years of about £50,000.

Helen MacIntosh, hospice fundraiser, said: “If you take up the offer of the will-making service there is no obligation to remember Barnsley Hospice in your will, but leaving a legacy, whether large or small, will help secure the long-term future for our patients and carers.

“Our services are free to people who need them, but not free to provide.

“We rely on the generosity of the local community to help us raise much-needed funds.”