COLUMN: Can the people of Derbyshire afford not to get a will?

Ellie Agnew and her son Sam.
Ellie Agnew and her son Sam.

Along with shedding the pounds and giving up smoking, getting one’s finances in order has to be among the most cited resolutions when every January 1 rolls round.

And almost as frequently, by this time in mid-February those resolutions have fallen by the wayside. This year, I committed to writing a will to ensure that if it came to it, my (not very valuable) assets would be taken care of.

Ultimately, I want to ensure that if the worst did happen, the situation would be the best one to ensure my little boy gets everything he will need.

Will writing can be expensive, and writing one without seeking legal advice can lead to problems down the line. But a new partnership between law firm Irwin Mitchell and The Children’s Hospital Charity has seen the price of will writing services slashed to just £100, while the charity gets at least £20 every time someone signs up.

Working at The Children’s Hospital Charity, I see first hand the amazing work carried out every day by doctors, nurses, play specialists and support staff at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield. As one of only four standalone children’s hospitals in the UK, it sees more than 10,000 youngsters every year from Derbyshire.

Children like Henry, 7 from Ashbourne, who has brittle bones disease. Thanks to research funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity, Henry was able to get more information on his condition, helping his family and helping Henry to thrive.

You can help make it better for children like Henry, and get your affairs in order. To find out more call 0330 1230883 or email wills@irwinmitchell.co.uk – quoting The Children’s Hospital Charity Wills Scheme.