AN EAST Riding charity is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of writing a will.
Sue Ryder Care, which is based at Holme-on-Spalding Moor, is asking people to consider what they leave behind, or risk their legacy being divided up by the government and not going to loved ones.
Throughout January, the Sue Ryder charity shop in Pocklington has been displaying information about legacy, giving people the chance to learn more about the advantages of writing a will.
Gill Cannon, who worked in the legal sector as a family lawyer for more than 20 years and is now legacy manager at Sue Ryder, explained: “Nowadays, most people are homeowners or shareholders and it is important to think ahead to make sure you leave what you want to the people you love and care about.
“It is never too early to think about writing a will.
“Some people believe that they will need to write one when they are older and fragile or they decide to postpone it as they think it may be too expensive.
“But if you want to protect the future of the people you love and ensure they will receive what you want, it is essential to write a will as soon as possible and keep it updated if there are any changes in your personal circumstances.
“Anyone who owns a house, has children or has a small amount of savings should write one. Making a will can also reduce inheritance tax and give you the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy to a charity close to your heart.”
Sue Ryder provides care and support for those with terminal and life-threatening neurological conditions.
People can call (01452) 771143 or visiting www.suerydercare.org to require an information pack.