The money was raised as part of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice ‘Make-a-Will’ Campaign, which is something we’ve taken part in for approximately 10 years. It is a month-long campaign where supporters of the Hospice would contact this firm to make a simple or mirror Will for a suggested donation to the Hospice instead of paying our standard fee.
As a local community initiative, it is always a very popular incentive as the donors feel they are able to see directly where their money is going and how it could be spent which is crucially important to them. This in turn ultimately promotes the business of QualitySolicitors Davisons and it has been proven that this also leads to a range of new clients with various legal needs.
This year, we are proud to support our local hospice, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, who support 400 people living with life-limiting illness every day. Now in their 40th year, the organisation provides invaluable support directly in their hospice, for those who choose to remain at home, to families and carers of those affected, to professionals, as well as providing research, education and training in best-practice care.
It may not surprise you to learn that it costs a lot of money to run a hospice – in fact it costs over £8 million every year to run Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, which can be broken down to £21,918 a day, £914 an hour and £16 every minute! The money raised as part of the Will-drive will go directly towards helping to change the future of end of life care.
There’s a way everyone can make an impactful difference even after they’re gone, which is to leave a gift to charity in your Will. Leaving a gift to charity in your Will means not only will you support the work of an organisation you believe in, but can result in your estate paying less inheritance tax.
Last year, Brits donated £2.85 billion to charity as a result of gifts made in Wills, which is the largest amount ever recorded according to research data from Smee & Ford. While an impressive figure, those donations come from just 6% of Brits, which means there’s an opportunity for even more people to make a bigger impact.
According to a separate poll of 2,000 adults conducted through Onepoll.com, a third of Brits would be willing to leave a legacy gift if there was enough left in their estate after caring for family and friends. Those who do choose to leave a charitable bequest give an average of £3,300 – the majority of which goes to a single charity, though on average people give to three charities.
The UK is among the top ten most generous countries in the world, currently sitting in sixth place in the CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) World Giving Index 2018. It’s possible to influence this ranking by doing something as simple as planning for your future through getting a Will.
For advice on all matters relating to inheritance tax, trusts or Wills, speak to our Private Client team today.
 Richard Jenkins, ‘Brits left £2.85 billion to charity from gifts in wills last year – the largest amount ever recorded’, Mirror (9 September 2018)
 Richard Jenkins, Mirror, as above.
 CAF, CAF World Giving Index 2018