Wills on offer to support cancer charity

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Writing a will. Pic © AtheartLV Wikimedia Commons

A local charity is inviting people across Merseyside to write or update their will this November as a part of a national campaign.

Maggie’s Charity, based in the Wirral, is partnering with local solicitors who have waived their fees, including Kirwan’s and McClure Solicitors, as part of ‘Write a Will Month’.

Instead, clients will be able to make their last wishes clear by donating to the Maggie’s Merseyside facility.

The first Maggie’s centre was opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and the operation has continued to grow over the last two decades years, with the charity now having 20 centres opened  at major NHS cancer hospitals across the UK.

Vicki Leveson, a spokeswoman for Maggie’s Merseyside, told JMU Journalism: “We have solicitors coming in throughout November and people can book appointments to come in and get their will written for them.

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“There is a suggested donation of £95 for one person or £150 for a two, which instead of going to the solicitors, that money will help Maggie’s Charity.

“Everybody should have a will, but not everybody does. This service is for anybody really, and the aim is that all the donations will go to helping the charity in the long-term.”

The cancer centres offer free practical, emotional, and social support to people with the disease and their family and friends.

Kathy Wright, centre head at Maggie’s Merseyside, said: “We’re really pleased to be offering will writing in our centre free of charge, with any donations that people choose to make being very gratefully received.

Support available at Maggie’s Merseyside Centre. Pic © Maggie’s Centre

“Our centre is warm and welcoming and a relaxed setting to speak to one of our great partner solicitors about estate planning.

“Maggie’s Merseyside is completely funded by donations, fundraising, and gifts in wills, so schemes like this are so important to enable us to provide vital support to people affected by cancer in Merseyside.

Appointments are available at the centre on November 3, 14, 17 and December 19.

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