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Charity Will-writing scheme returns for November

The ever-popular RUH Will Month is returning in November to help the general public make or update their Will at a reduced cost. You can now book your appointment for November to have your Will written with local legal firms.

Ten professional firms across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire are offering their time and support towards the Will writing scheme in a bid to help raise awareness in their local community about the importance in planning for the future.

RUH Will Month will run throughout the month of November, with the participating solicitors helping as many local people as possible to put their affairs in order and provide them with peace of mind.

Costs for a standard single Will have been discounted to £125 or £175 for standard Mirror Wills.  This special fee is donated to the RUH’s fundraising charity, The Forever Friends Appeal to support patient care at the RUH.

Jan Witt, Legacy Manager, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“It may come as a surprise that fewer than half of the population have an up-to-date Will, despite its importance in offering you security for both you and your family.  Often having a Will written can be expensive, therefore, we’d like to urge people to take advantage of this scheme generously offered by will writing professionals at a reduced rate. This will ensure your savings and possessions go to the people and causes you love and care for.

“It is easy to take part in this offer, simply call any one of the participating solicitors listed on our website and make an appointment for November, quoting ‘RUH Will Month’. At the meeting the solicitor will guide you through the process and will ensure that your Will reflects your wishes.”

This is the sixth consecutive year that RUH Will Month has run with substantial funds being raised every year for various projects across the hospital to make a real difference to patients treated and cared for at the RUH.

This year funds raised by the initiative will be put towards the charity’s Speech and Language Special Appeal. The Appeal is raising £50,000 to purchase a portable machine to enhance the care given to patients who have swallowing difficulties. The equipment will enable speech and language therapists to provide an alternative bedside assessment – reducing the waiting time to attend the X-ray clinic which can sometimes take a number of weeks.

The need for the mobile equipment has become even more pressing during The COVID-19 pandemic. Patients who have been on a ventilator have a 30% chance of suffering from swallowing difficulties. So, having this machine will really help the speech and language therapy team to assess COVID patients, either in ITU or in other parts of the hospital. 

Catherine Cawley, Clinical Specialist and Speech and Language Therapist, RUH said: “Being able to eat and drink without a second thought is something most of us take for granted. But sadly many people have problems swallowing as a result of conditions such as having a stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. It is a serious issue as it can cause coughing and choking when you eat and drink, which can lead to chest infections, increased hospital admission and lengthier stays in hospital.

“Having this machine will be a game changer – we will be able to give our patients a quicker diagnosis, recommend treatment and reduce the possibility of further medical complications.”

However, participants can choose to support another campaigns or special appeal if they prefer.

If you would like more information regarding the scheme please contact Jan Witt on tel: 01225 825819 or email: jan.witt@nhs.net.