‘About two thirds of people do not have an up-to-date will’

MESSAGE Toni Denyer with a cardboard cutout of a nurse
MESSAGE Toni Denyer with a cardboard cutout of a nurse

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I KNOW that writing a will is most certainly not on top of anyone’s to do list, but a local law firm has teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care, to offer a free will-writing service.

The Marie Curie Cancer Free Wills Scheme is being run in conjunction with Shoosmiths Access Legal, based at Solent Business Park, Whiteley.

It offers people the chance to make or amend their will, with the option to include a gift to support the charity’s future work.

Statistics released by the Law Society of England and Wales showed that approximately two thirds of people over 50 do not have an up-to-date will.

We are hoping to change that so money goes to the place that the person wants it go.

This is the first time this scheme has been run in Hampshire, but previous schemes have seen 66 per cent of those who take advantage of the free service leave a gift.

People have left gifts ranging from financial donations to cars and other items the charity can sell on.

Marie Curie nurses work 365 days a year providing free home care to those suffering terminal illnesses, not just cancer, and it costs £20 to fund just one hour of care.

The scheme is being operated on a first-come, first-served basis and runs until Saturday, November 30.

The scheme is open to anyone over the age of 55 and there is no obligation to leave a gift.

To sign up contact Eleanor Johnson-Cadwell at Shoosmiths Access Legal on 03700 866835 or email eleanor.johnson-cadwell@shoosmiths.co.uk.To find out more about leaving gifts to Marie Curie, email toni.denyer@mariecurie.org.uk.