In recognition of the fact that 80% of NI adults don’t have a Will, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is pleased to offer two options to make a Will.
Throughout the month of November, you can contact one of the participating solicitors of the charity’s ‘Organise Your Will’ campaign: participating solicitors have agreed to waive their fee for basic wills and pairs of wills and instead request a donation to the charity.
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’s supporter, William Carlisle, availed of the ‘Organise your Will’ campaign earlier in the year and said;
‘Making our Will through Air Ambulance NI’s ‘Organise your Will’ campaign couldn’t have been easier. We contacted the charity and they sent us a list of the solicitors partaking in the campaign. We then rang our local participating solicitor, Terrence McCourt in Lisburn to make an appointment, and the solicitor advised us what we needed to bring with us to our meeting, which was helpful. We then attended our meeting and made our donation to Air Ambulance NI in lieu of our Will writing service. Overall, it was a very smooth process, and we feel very happy we were able to support Air Ambulance NI in this unique way.
My wife and I had been thinking about updating our Will for some time and we thought this was perfect timing. When we made our Will, many years ago, our daughter was a young child and now we have grandchildren and two great grandchildren! We wanted to make sure everything was in order so as not to cause any unnecessary stress. ‘
If you’d prefer to organise your Will for free online then Air Ambulance NI has partnered with www.Bequeathed.org.
Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Air Ambulance NI said,
“However you choose to make or update your Will, it’s vital your wishes are understood. Air Ambulance NI’s ‘Organise you Will’ campaign not only raises awareness of the fact that 80% of adults in NI do not have a Will but the campaign also enables us to raise awareness of the importance of gifts in Wills for our charity. Those who decide to leave a gift in their Will to Air Ambulance NI, will play a huge part in sustaining the service for generations to come. We are pleased that so many solicitors across NI are working with the charity to offer this service and waiving their fees to keep the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operational.”
Air Ambulance NI is your local charity that provides the HEMS for Northern Ireland, together with its partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The HEMS attends trauma situations on average at least once or twice per day, to save lives, brains and limbs. This service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes.
Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2million each year to maintain this service, so public support and events like this one, are crucial.
For a list of solicitors who are supporting the ‘Organise your Will’ campaign please visit www.airambulanceni.org/organise-your-will/ or call 028 9262 2677.