Leading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust is launching a new campaign offering people across the South the opportunity to invest in a ‘new you’ this New Year, for just 2 weeks in January, supported by a wealth of participating local solicitors.
Aptly named the Enham Trust Make a Will Fortnight, this campaign will run between 11th and 22nd January 2016, and gives those looking to amend, update or create their Wills the ability to do so in exchange for a small donation to the charity, as the solicitors waive their normal fees.
The benefits of creating, and keeping an up-to-date Will are vast; although planning for the future can be overwhelming, it’s one of the most valuable actions a person can take for their loved ones, their community, and for their own peace of mind. “We never know what each day will bring,” comments Falklands Veteran Simon Weston CBE. “But we can at least plan for the future, and one of the ways to do that is to make a Will.”
All funds raised will go towards the charity’s vital cause; supporting 7,500 disabled and disadvantaged people across the country to live lives of choice, control, and independence.
It truly is thanks to the generosity of our kind Patrons that we are able to continue our vital work; supporting disabled and disadvantaged people across the country to live lives of choice, control, and crucially, independence.
For MS sufferer Lisa, the services Enham Trust has been able to offer her have been invaluable; supporting her to not only come to terms with her illness and regain her independence, but also reconnect with her family.
Here, Lisa shares her story:
“I used to be a Primary School Teacher until I became ill with MS five years ago,” explains Lisa. “I left my job, which I loved, because of my illness. My diagnosis left me feeling very low and depressed and I became very isolated as a result.
“Every day was a struggle. I became increasingly less mobile and unable to do the simplest of things by myself, such as washing my hair and getting dressed. My family do not live locally so I lost regular contact with them, which made me feel sad and lonely.
“I decided I could not continue to live like this. I contacted Social Services, and they discussed the option of Direct Payments to help me with the care I so desperately needed. I had never heard of Direct Payments until then. I liked the sound of it and I was referred to Enham Trust.
“I have been using Enham Trust’s Direct Payments service now for 4 months. It has been a lifeline. I still have my bad days, but I am coming to terms with my illness, I am accessing the community again, and I even get to visit my family, and this is all because of Enham Trust and their continued support.
“Thank you Enham Trust for giving me back my independence and my family; keep up the good work!”
On average, around a third (31%) of charity income received each year* comes from gifts left in Wills; without such generous support, Enham Trust’s clients, like Lisa, would not receive the help they need to live independently.
For more information about Enham Trust’s Make a Will Fortnight and to find participating solicitors, please visit: www.enhamtrust.org.uk/makeawill