Posted by James McNeile, Partner
Royds Withy King support RUH charity for Bath ‘Make a Will’ month
People from across the Royal United Hospital’s catchment area are being urged to make a Will as local solicitors are waiving their fees to support The Forever Friends Appeal.
Royds Withy King is one of 16 local solicitors that have teamed up with the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal, to support its first ever RUH Will month scheme in September to encourage people to plan for the future and help get their affairs in order, whilst helping their hospital.
To help raise as much money as possible throughout September, the participating solicitors will prepare and draw up a single standard Will for £100 or two standard mirror Wills for £150. This fee will then be waived by the solicitor and donated directly to The Forever Friends Appeal for the benefit of all the patients at the RUH. The client will be able to choose the area of the hospital they wish to support with the fees.
Making a Will is one of the most thoughtful and important things you can do to protect those you love. Yet it is surprising that fewer than half of people have made one. Having an up to date Will which reflects their current situation is something a lot of people put off, thinking that there will be time to do it later. Yet it can take years to sort out someone’s estate if they die without a Will, leaving their loved ones in great distress.
Jan Witt, Legacy Officer at the RUH, says, “Some of the best and worst days of our lives will be spent in the Royal United Hospital, Bath. By taking part in the RUH Will month scheme and putting your own affairs in order, will not only help your loved ones in the future, but also the patients, family and their friends cared for by the RUH.
Becky Ricards-Small, partner at Royds Withy King and a Wills expert said “It is important to encourage everyone over the age of eighteen to make sure they have their personal affairs in order and have a Will written or an existing Will updated. Not only will this fantastic scheme help to move people into action, but it will also be raising money for a very worthy cause that can really benefit from donations. The RUH has helped many of our clients, family and friends, during their times of need by providing the highest level of care. Royds Withy King is proud to support The Forever Friends Appeal and hopefully we will be seeing a lot of people taking advantage of this and booking appointments with us during September, we believe it’s nothing less than every patient deserves at the RUH.”
Jan Witt continues “We are enormously grateful and absolutely thrilled with the number of solicitors who are generously giving their time for free in support of The Forever Friends Appeal and donating their fees to help the hospital continue its valuable work, it is truly appreciated! Being the very first time we have ran this type of scheme, we are hoping that the general public will get involved with Will month and show their support whilst having peace of mind that their affairs will be put in order.”
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