Make a will in March - it's free wills month!
The Epilepsy Society, formally the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE), is urging people to make March the month they finally get round to sorting out their will.
As it's free wills month, March provides the ideal opportunity for people, aged 55 and over, to have their wills written or updated free of charge by a local solicitor.
Ropinder Gill, Epilepsy Society's head of individual giving, said:
"Making a will is the only way to ensure that your estate is distributed as you would wish. The people and causes you remember in your will are a positive recognition of all that is important to you. Of course your loved ones and your own needs in later life must come first."
People in Blackpool, Coventry, Darlington / Stockton-on-Tees, Eastbourne, Newcastle Upon Tyne / Tyne and Wear, Slough / Maidenhead, Twickenham, Wolverhampton and York will be offered the chance to have a will drawn up for free. To find local solicitors taking part in Free Wills Month visit www.freewillsmonth.org.uk
"There is no obligation for people taking part in Free Wills Month to leave a gift to any of the charities participating in the event. However, with nearly half a million people in the UK having epilepsy our need for funds to provide information, support, expert care, pioneering medical research, awareness raising and campaigning has never been so great. Every gift, no matter how large or small, will help us to make a real and lasting contribution to people affected by epilepsy."
Anyone kind enough to have already left a legacy to the charity need not worry about the new name change. The Epilepsy Society is the new working name of the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) and legacies bearing either name are valid.
Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition and affects 456,000 people in the UK, which equates to 1 in every 131.
Epilepsy Society is the new working name for the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) the UK's leading provider of epilepsy services. Its headquarters in Buckinghamshire is a centre for medical research into the condition, housing the only MRI scanner in the UK dedicated solely to epilepsy. It also operates a globally unique NHS epilepsy assessment facility providing individual assessment, rehabilitation training and ground-breaking research opportunities. It also provides residential care to around 100 people with severe epilepsy.
Epilepsy Society runs a confidential helpline from Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm and has a comprehensive range of information leaflets on many aspects of living and coping with epilepsy. In addition, the charity runs tailor-made training programmes for health professionals, employers and individuals as well as providing a comprehensive range of training and qualifications for staff members.
Epilepsy Society helpline 01494-601 400
Epilepsy Society website www.epilepsysociety.org.uk
Registered Charity no: 206186