New Year initiative to support Barnsley Hospice by making a Will

3 January 2018

Barnsley Hospice is encouraging people to act on their New Year resolutions by making a Will during a special fundraising initiative.

The charity’s annual ‘Make a Will Month’ will see local solicitors waive their fees during February in exchange for a donation towards patient care.

Law firms including Bury & Walkers and Elmhirst Parker in Barnsley, and Taylor&Emmet in Sheffield, are giving their time for free. They are asking anyone who makes or changes a Will with them in February to make a donation to Barnsley Hospice instead.

Hospice volunteer Bill Hall, 75, of Smithies in Barnsley, is backing the fundraiser after making a Will during the initiative last year.

He said: “At my age I decided it was about time I made a Will, and anything I can do for the hospice I will, so it was an added bonus that they benefitted from it too. The process was very easy, you just make your appointment and fill in a form. You’ve no work to do, and making a Will is so important.”

Bill has been a volunteer at Barnsley Hospice for 14 years, since his wife Susan spent her last days there. He currently gives his time to the fundraising department, helping them raise over £2m a year.

Bill added: “We need so much money to keep the hospice open and making a Will during February is such an easy way to help. Susan was in the hospice for three weeks and they were just marvellous. I’ve never forgotten that care.”

Donations from Make a Will Month go directly to supporting patients and their families and are taken at the time of making a Will. Suggested minimum donations are £75 for single Will, £150 for a pair of mirror Wills and £50 for a codicil (amendment).

Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “Letting your family and friends know your wishes is vitally important, but it’s something many people put off. Making a Will is a common New Year resolution, so there’s no better time to make it happen. The suggested minimum donations are significantly less than the average costs of making a Will, but anything extra that people are able to give will help us continue our care at the hospice. We’re very grateful to the local law firms who continue to support this initiative.”

For a full list of participating solicitors, or for more information, visit or call 01226 244 244. Bookings must be made direct with the solicitor.

Barnsley Hospice provides specialist care for anyone in the borough with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. As well as ten beds for inpatient care it also provides support through its day therapy unit and offers counselling and complementary therapies to many of its patients and carers. The hospice has to raise £2.2m a year, in addition to £1.6m funding from the NHS.

Notes to editors

Attached photograph shows Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994, when the Limes Support and Therapy Centre opened. The inpatient unit, which has ten bedrooms, opened in 2001.

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