To mark World Cancer Day, the dedicated charity for the regions cancer hospital is encouraging people to support them when writing or amending their will and leave a lasting legacy.

8th February 2016

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity has teamed up with Irwin Mitchell solicitors who are offering charity supporters a special discounted Will writing service and also making a donation to the cancer charity for each Will they write for a charity supporter.

Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire a population of almost 1.8million people. Since 1994, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity has received a total of £4.7 million thanks to people kindly choosing to remember the charity's work in their Will. These funds have helped improve the lives of thousands of local cancer patients and their families. As much as 38% of the charity's income can come from people kindly leaving a gift in their Will to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, meaning that a third of the charity's vital projects would not go ahead without people choosing to support in this special way. Kathleen Asquith from Bramley, Rotherham, who received treatment at Weston Park Hospital, has recently chosen to re-write her will in support of the cancer charity. Kathleen was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2011 and received initial treatment at Rotherham Hospital; before receiving a course of radiotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital in November 2011. Now fit, healthy and enjoying an active lifestyle, Kathleen wanted to start the New Year off by organising her finances and making plans for her future. Kathleen said, 'This year it will be 4 years since I was cured of breast cancer thanks to the staff at Rotherham and Weston Park Hospital. I want to give something back to the hospitals that looked after me so well during my treatment. Leaving a gift in my Will to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is a way that I can ensure that the vital work of the hospital lives on after I'm gone and benefits more people in the future- though I plan on it being a long while before that time comes!' With research suggesting that as many as two thirds of us don't have a will in place, it's crucial that people of all ages think about arranging this important provision for the future. Gillian Coverley, a partner and Wills specialist at Irwin Mitchell, said: -Making or updating a Will can be easy to put off or overlooked but it helps give family and friends peace of mind that your affairs are taken care of as you wished them to be and with a gift to Weston Park Cancer Hospital Charity included, no matter how large or small, you can help support their vital work. Weston Park Hospital is respected internationally as a centre of excellence for the treatment of cancer and for conducting pioneering cancer research and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for the hospital. Charity Fundraising Manager, Helen Gentle said, -We're incredibly grateful to Kathleen for choosing to support us in this special way and contribute to the future of cancer services across the region. We understand that your loved ones will always come first but if you would also like to remember the work of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and leave us a gift in your Will we would be very grateful of your support. -There is no minimum gift you can choose to leave Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in your Will, and no matter how big or small the donation, we are incredibly thankful to everyone who chooses to remember us in this thoughtful way as Kathleen has done. If you would like more information on how to remember Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in your Will please visit our dedicated web page www.wphcancercharity/remember or call the charity office on 01142265370.

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