AN AWARD-WINNING Diggle willwriting company is encouraging locals to follow in their footsteps and support ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’.
Hay Tarn Wills has pledged 20 per cent of fees from September 7-13 will go to the British Heart Foundation to support the campaign and also help further research into understanding heart disease.
And they hope their clients will get involved by deciding to include a gift to a good cause in their own wills.
The week, organised by Remember A Charity, aims to increase awareness of the importance of charitable legacies, which help allow many charities to continue to exist.
Six pensioners have already pledged their support and signed their wills at 10,000 feet while skydiving alongside a professional willwriter.
Ray Withnall, Managing Director at Hay Tarn Wills, commented: “Thankfully, 74 per cent of the UK population supports charities and almost half of those people say they would be happy to leave a charitable gift in their will once family and friends are provided for.
“The problem is that very few actually do. If just four percent more of us did, it would generate an extra £1 billion for UK charities every year.”
Ray added: “Only a small proportion of us prepare a professionally drafted Will. Hay Tarn’s sensitive approach costs surprisingly little.
“I always visit clients in their homes and take as much time as needed to talk about their circumstances and requirements for a will that provides peace of mind.
“It also gives clients the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy to a charity in remembrance or thanks.
“Legacies are the foundation of many good causes in the UK and you don’t need to leave a lot to charity to make a substantial difference.”
Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, added: “Gifts in Wills are important to many of Britain’s charities, creating more than £2 billion for the provision of critical services each year.
“We hope Remember a Charity Week 2015 will reach our biggest audience to date thanks to the support of Government bodies, charities and willwriters like Hay Tarn.”