Francis House launches Make a Will Month campaign

Francis House Children’s Hospice has launched a new legacy scheme to encourage members of the public to consider making a Will during the month of September.

Joanne Ormston

Joanne Ormston of Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers, one of the firms backing the campaign.

‘Make a Will Month’ is running from September 1 to September 29 and Francis House is hoping to raise awareness within the local community of the importance of making a Will, and the benefits of leaving a charitable bequest.

Participating solicitors across Greater Manchester, have kindly agreed to provide their time and expertise at a substantially discounted rate, either drawing up or amending a simple Will for an individual for a suggested donation of £100 or £175 for a double Will for married couples or partners.

Legacies in Wills left for Francis House Family Trust, are a crucial part of income, allowing the children’s hospice to provide the very best respite, homecare, end of life care and bereavement support to more than 600 families.

Anyone signing up to make a Will throughout the month of September will not only benefit from a significantly discounted service, but will also have the satisfaction of knowing that their future planning for their own family will make a real difference to a much loved charity.

"It’s all too easy to put off making a Will but drawing up a Will is the most important thing you can do to protect your family’s future. A Will doesn’t just cover finances and property, but also legal guardians for your children, funeral arrangements, and any donations you would like to leave to charity."

Rachael Taylor, Francis House Children's Hospice

Rachael says: “There is no obligation to leave a gift to Francis House when participating in our Make A Will Month, but should you choose to do so, a gift to charity can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax you have to pay or may even result in you avoiding paying it altogether.

“We are really grateful to all of the solicitors who have joined forces with us and kindly given up their time and expertise to play such a crucial role in ensuring the success of our campaign.”

The six participating solicitors have multiple offices throughout the north west region. They include Thompson & Cooke, AST Hampsons, Bromleys, Ogden, Lyles & Fox, O’Donnells and Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers.

“Will Month is a great chance for people to future-proof their families, think about estate planning and help a charity at the same time. At Pearson we nominated Francis House Children’s Hospice as our charity of the year for two consecutive years and we are proud to be part of this initiative.”

Joanne Ormston, Director, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers

For full details of the legal firms taking part and to book an appointment visit

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