February 2018 sees the return of Norfolk Will Help, a collaborative will writing project between Age UK Norwich, Big C, Keeping Abreast, Nelson’s Journey and NNAB, raising funds to benefit their work.
With research indicating that two thirds of adults have not made a will, the five Norfolk charities are working together to encourage people to plan for the future. 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 go to the website norfolkwillhelp.co.uk to book their appointment with one of the participating solicitors or will writers. In return for having their basic will written, clients will be asked to make a suggested donation of £75 for a single will or £120 for mirror wills. All donations will be split equally between the five benefitting charities: Age UK Norwich, Big C, Keeping Abreast, Nelson’s Journey and NNAB.
Norfolk WILL Help was established by Nelson’s Journey in 2016, they were keen to develop a collaborative project which would benefit a range of Norfolk charities. To date over £7,300 has been raised and a number of legacies have been promised to the benefitting charities.
Sophie Berry, Funding & Marketing Manager at Nelson’s Journey, said: “We’re really excited to be working with other charities on this project. At the start of a New Year, many people will be making resolutions. Having a will written in early 2018 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.
Mrs Berry 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 your stage of life.
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. Many people put off writing their will but Norfolk Will Help provides the perfect opportunity to complete this task with professionals guiding you along the way.”
Solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers also interested in supporting the scheme should contact Nelson’s Journey on 01603 431788.
For further information visit www.norfolkwillhelp.co.uk