Leaving a gift for CancerCare

Neil Townsend has been a supporter of CancerCare for many years and even served as Chief Executive of the charity between 2015 and 2019. He spoke to us about his experience of updating his Will through the charity’s Will Writing Service. 

“Life moves so quickly. As I have got older, I remember many of the lessons I learnt from my parents. When each of them died, it was a really hard time, but they both had Wills, which made it easier to sort out their affairs and carry out their wishes at a time when I was still grieving their loss. 

Because of this, I’ve known for a long time that it was important for myself & my partner to make our own Wills. It became even more important to us when we bought a home together, and we knew we had to update our Wills to keep up with the changes in our lives.” 

Neil & Alan decided to make use of the CancerCare Will Writing Service, which offers the charity’s service users & supporters the chance to write or amend a Will, while also supporting CancerCare’s work helping local people affected by cancer or bereavement. Three local solicitors firms have agreed to waive their fees to users of the service, instead inviting them to make a suggested donation to CancerCare of £150 for a basic single Will and £200 for a pair of mirror Wills.  

“Using the scheme was easy and we were able to choose a solicitor that was already known to us – we’d used them when buying our house and so really trusted their advice. Despite lockdown, we were able to sort everything out with the solicitor either from home or virtually.” 

“It was important to us to make sure our family are provided for in the future and it is a relief to know that this is taken care of in a really clear, written Will. The solicitor also explained how Inheritance Tax might affect any gifts we leave to our loved ones and helped us to include gifts to charities that are close to our hearts. One of those charities is CancerCare. 

We knew that we were helping CancerCare by making a donation in lieu of paying the solicitor’s fees, but we also wanted to pledge a gift in our Wills themselves; a gift for the future, which can do some good after we’re gone. We’ve both seen first-hand the difference CancerCare has made to family & friends in the local area and I know through my time working there just how important gifts in Wills are to keep the charity going. After all, despite great advancements in medicine, cancer isn’t going away. Support will always be needed and it feels good to know that, sometime in the future, the gift we have included in our Wills will provide that support to someone coping with cancer or bereavement.” 

If you’d like to speak to someone about CancerCare’s Will Writing Service or helping CancerCare with a gift in your Will, please contact Anna Webster at anna.webster@cancercare.org.uk or call 01524 381820. Alternatively, you can find out more here: https://www.cancercare.org.uk/...  

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