Leave a gift in your will

No one knows what the future holds and making a will is a really practical way that you can help ensure your wishes are known and that your loved ones and favourite charities are looked after.

We run an annual Free Will Months every November when local solicitors kindly donate their time and services to help you create your Will.

If you choose to write your will through Free Wills Month we hope you'll consider leaving a gift in your will to the hospice, although there is no obligation to do so.

We are very lucky to be supported by people happy to support us year round when it comes to making your Will.

Remember us - how you can help the hospice

...It's so easy!

  1. You need our charity number 513400
  2. You need our name
  3. That's it! Then all you need to do is decide on the type and size of gift


Many people don’t realise how vital gifts in wills are to local charities and here at Wigan and Leigh Hospice we simply wouldn’t have been able to develop and maintain our clinical services without the donations we have received in the wills of our local supporters over the years.

The gift in your will can be big or small – we appreciate every single penny, and this will help us to continue to provide hospice services free of charge to patients, their families and carers.

You can leave 1% to the hospice and 99% to those closest to you - every gift helps.


“I wish I could do more right now but I can’t. Doing this is my little way of knowing I’ll be helping even when I’m no longer there.” - Cecelia


Making a will

Making a will can be a lot more affordable and straightforward than you may think. It's not complicated to make a will, though it's easier with the help of a professional. We suggest talking to a solicitor, or a professional will-writer. You can find a solicitor via the Law Society's website or you can make contact with a professional will-writer via the Institute of Professional Will-Writers.


Any questions?

If you're considering leaving a gift in your will to Wigan and Leigh Hospice and you’d like to find out more information about how this works or need any support please give us a call.

Sophie or Christine will be happy to talk to you on 01942 525566 or e-mail us: info@wlh.org.uk.

Find out more about how your support helps

Why I'm leaving a gift in my Will

Cecilia Goubert

Cecelia has pledged to leave a gift in her will to the hospice as thanks for supporting her when her beloved husband Arthur died in 2015.

Arthur was due to go into the Hospice but died in The Christie before he could get there.

Cecelia said: “Someone from the hospice mentioned counselling and I just poured my heart out to Lucy and we did hours of counselling. I thought the people supporting me most after Arthur’s death would be my family but instead it was the Hospice. I want to support the Hospice because the Hospice was my family – it was there for me – from my counsellor to the people behind reception and I can’t ever forget that.

“By supporting the hospice you are not only helping the patients but their loved ones too – those people who have been left behind. My story is the survivor’s story. I was very much on my own, I thought ‘how am I going to do this?’ but they were there supporting me. What’s available at the hospice is so valuable, it’s so incredible this place that makes you feel as though you are at home.

“I wish I could do more right now but I can’t. Doing this is my little way of knowing I’ll be helping even when I’m no longer there.”

John and Christine Taylor

John and Christine from Hindley left their entire estate to the hospice which consisted of over £34,000 in savings and a bungalow including all contents.

Executor and long-time friend of the couple, Michael McNulty, said: “Christine and John always used to make regular donations to the hospice in memory of their daughter Mandy who passed away in 2006. She was their only child and after she died they decided they would leave their estate to the hospice.

“They wanted to give it to a charity and they felt the hospice was the most appropriate one because it is part of the local community and is fully deserving of it.”

Christine and John met in Liverpool where John was originally from and moved to Hindley when they got married over 50 years ago. The sociable couple who loved to collect things, including teddy bears and clocks, lived in the same bungalow until they passed away within a few months of each other.

John, who passed away in December 2017 aged 79, was a toolmaker for GEC in Liverpool from leaving school until he retired. Christine, who died in April 2018 aged 76, was a sales assistant at BHS in Wigan for 20 years before she retired.

We are hugely grateful to Mr and Mrs Taylor for their generous gift. As a charity we rely on the support of our community. Gifts such as this are vital to ensure that local people and those close to them receive the support they need at one of the most difficult times any of us have to face.