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Norfolk WILL Help local charities

Written by  Sophie Berry
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Charity Chief Executives (left to right): Tong Ing - The Benjamin Foundation,  Susan Ringwood - Age UK Norwich,  Mike Talbot – NNAB, Chris Bushby - Big C,  Simon Wright – Nelson’s Journey Charity Chief Executives (left to right): Tong Ing - The Benjamin Foundation, Susan Ringwood - Age UK Norwich, Mike Talbot – NNAB, Chris Bushby - Big C, Simon Wright – Nelson’s Journey

With recent research indicating that two thirds of adults have not made a will, five of Norfolk’s charities are working together to encourage people to plan for the future whilst also raising funds to support their work.  Many locally based solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers have kindly donated appointments to Norfolk WILL Help helping the charities to raise valuable funds throughout February.

Members of the public wanting to make a will should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01603 431788.  In return for having their basic will written, they will be asked to make a suggested donation of £50 for a single will or £100 for mirror wills. All the donations will be split equally between the five benefitting charities: Nelson’s Journey, The Benjamin Foundation, Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind, Age UK Norwich and Big C.

Lin Whitehead, Partner and Head of Private Client Department at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors said ‘‘We are delighted to support Norfolk WILL Help as it’s a great way to put your affairs in order while supporting 5 Norfolk charities at the same time. At Clapham & Collinge, we encourage clients of all ages to consider making arrangements for the future. It doesn’t matter how much you have in the way of assets, it’s important to make a will to give you control of where your assets are going. A properly written will is vital so that it is not unnecessarily rendered invalid and especially for co-habiting couples.’’

Norfolk WILL Help was created by Nelson’s Journey who were keen to develop a collaborative project which would benefit a range of Norfolk charities. 

Simon Wright, Chief Executive at Nelson’s Journey, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Age UK Norwich, The Benjamin Foundation, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and Big C on this project.  At the start of a New Year, many people will be making resolutions. Having a will written in early 2016 would be a great commitment to make.”

A poll of 2,000 people showed a quarter of those without a will say they are putting off writing one “until they are older”, while 13% say writing a will has never crossed their mind, and 11% say the cost of setting one up has put them off.

Mr Wright said: “At Nelson’s Journey, we are reminded daily that many people reach the end of their life much earlier than expected. It is therefore essential to have your future wishes in place whatever stage of life you’re at so that your loved ones are taken care for.

“There are many good reasons for making a will. If you don’t have one when you die, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes. This can mean they pass to someone you hadn’t intended – or that someone you want to inherit ends up with nothing.”

Interested solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers should contact Nelson’s Journey on 01603 431788.

About the charities

Nelson’s Journey is a Norfolk charity supporting children and young people, aged 0-17, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Nelson's Journey aims to bring back smiles to bereaved children.

Age UK Norwich is dedicated to making later life the best it can be for older people. They do this through their advice and welfare support services, activity groups, befriending schemes and dementia day care centre.

The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) helps Norfolk's 20,000 people with poor sight remain independent and confident. Sight loss affects all age groups and the Association supports everyone from new born to those over 100 years of age.

The Benjamin Foundation provides a range of support services to assist homeless young adults, to help families build stronger relationships and to help pupils and parents in over 80 schools. They support around 2,000 people every year.

Big C funds research into cancer treatments and prevention, all taking place at Norwich Research Park. They also have drop in support and information centres across Norfolk and Waveney, used by thousands of people every year affected by cancer.

Last modified on Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:20

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