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2. What can a gift in your will do?

A gift in your will could provide our nurses with the equipment they need, such as syringe drivers, to be able to care for people at the end of life. It could pay for a nurse’s salary to enable us to fund more nurses and care for more people in our community.

It will also put the petrol in our Hospice at Home cars to enable our community nurses to reach more people in the far reaches of our area such as Garstang and Grasmere.

A gift in your will could fund more complementary therapies for our patients, bringing them relaxation and relief from pain.  It could also help us to continually develop our hospice services ensuring we remain an outstanding organisation for future generations.

The money raised by our supporters, including the invaluable income we receive from gifts in wills, can really mean the world to someone…

“The care and support we received from St John’s over the last six months of June’s life was out of this world. When people use the word hospice, you relate it to death but in actual fact, spending a few weeks there with both of us being looked after by the in-patient staff, actually gave June and I some extra precious months at home. If she had gone straight home from hospital then she wouldn’t have lasted any time at all but we got another five months at home with support from carers, district nurses, and the Hospice at Home nurses.

“Whilst we were in St John’s, the facilities there were being replicated for us by the NHS in our own home. This was all organised by Hospice staff and I didn’t have to lift a finger. We were so well looked after that we were a bit nervous about going home. It was almost like being wrapped in cotton wool. As the nurses cared for June, it dawned on me that they were looking after me as well. If I was having a particularly bad day, they would just sit with me, chat and listen. As far as I’m concerned, I will always help the Hospice in any way I can.” – David Aris, Kendal

After you’ve looked after family and friends, please consider St John’s Hospice.

Putting a gift in your will to St John’s Hospice doesn’t mean neglecting your family and friends. Of course they come first. But if there is any room for a legacy to your local hospice, please think about the patients we care for every day, just like David and his wife.

It doesn’t matter how much you can give; our patients need people like you behind them.

If you need any further information, simply get in touch with our our Wills and Legacies Manager. You can ring the hospice on 01524 382538 or email [email protected]

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