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Carlisle solicitors are giving their backing to Eden Valley Hospice's 30th anniversary appeal.

Well-known Carlisle solicitors are giving their backing to Eden Valley Hospice's 30th anniversary appeal.

The hospice in Upperby is looking for 300 people who will pledge to include a gift in their Will to help secure the future of the organisation.

Three firms of solicitors - Scott Duff & Co, Butterworths and Wragg Mark Bell - are offering a combination of free or discounted Wills to customers and/or donations to the campaign.

It's all vital help for the hospice which needs £3m in donations each year to keep running.

Stephanie Lacaille-Burton, [CORR] head of income generation & marketing, said legacies left in Wills had been invaluable in helping Eden Valley continue operating throughout lockdown.

She said: "Covid has had a devastating effect on us and it has been legacies that have saved us the past couple of years to enable us to keep our services running.

"The legacies we've received recently were Wills that could have been done 10 years ago. They are just so important to us. The care of around one in three of our patients is down to a gift left in a Will by somebody."

The solicitors are offering the following: 

  • Scott Duff & Co are sponsoring the appeal and offering discounted rates for single or double person Wills.
  • Butterworths are sponsoring the appeal.
  • Wragg Mark Bell are doing six Wills free of charge when the customer donates the usual fee amount to the hospice or bequeaths it in their Will.

Stephanie said their contributions reflected the feeling of the whole community for Eden Valley.

"The fact that these local firms are supporting the hospice does mean the world to us."

She added: "It's a cathartic thing for people. If they've had loved ones cared for by the hospice, being able to give back to the hospice that provided that care is part of the bereavement process.

"It's also important because a lot of people don't have the ability to give in their lifetime. Leaving a gift in their legacy enables people to carry out their wishes after their death. 

"It is a big decision for people but it does seem to have been normalised the past few years. People realise that leaving a gift in your Will doesn't mean you have to leave your house to charity."


How to help the appeal:

  • If you already have a will you can ask your solicitor to ensure it includes a donation to the hospice
  • If you have yet to organise a Will now is the perfect time to make one and include Eden Valley Hospice as a beneficiary. You can either make a donation for a specific amount in your will or stipulate a percentage of your estate.
  • Find out more by contacting Stephanie Lacaille-Burton, Head of Marketing and Income Generation on 01228 817616 or email stephanie.lacaille-burton@edenvalleyhospice.org for further information