Air Ambulance NI has launched its Organise Your Will campaign, which runs for the month of November.
The charity has urged the public to support it by writing their will this month.
According to the charity, 80% of NI adults do not have a will.
Organise Your Will
Therefore, it is offering the public two options to make a will. Throughout 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.
How this family made their will
He said: “Making our Will through Air Ambulance NI’s ‘Organise your Will’ campaign could not have been easier.”
“We contacted the charity, and they sent us a list of the solicitors partaking in the campaign.”
“Then, we rang our local participating solicitor, Terrence McCourt, in Lisburn, to make an appointment. 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. 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 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 is 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.”
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. It operates seven days a week for 12 hours per day.
“It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes,” the charity said in a statement.
Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2 million each year to maintain this service and views public support and events like this one as “crucial”.
For a list of solicitors supporting the ‘Organise your Will’ campaign, please visit this website or call 028 9262 2677.