RUH Wills Month

Make or update your Will this November

Do you have a Will? Or have you one that needs updating?  

 

The Forever Friends Appeal is running its annual Will Writing initiative during the Month of November. RUH Will Month is extremely popular with the general public, not only to raise awareness of the importance of making a Will but it also raises valuable funds to support patients and staff at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath.

 

Local legal firms, Helen Starkie solicitor, Mogers Drewett solicitors, Royds Withy King, Bath Wills and McClure are the Bath-based solicitors who are offering their generous time and expertise in Will writing to help people in the hospital’s catchment area draw up their Wills. They have also kindly agreed to waiver the original cost of a Will and are instead offering their services at a discounted price of £125 for a Single Will or £175 for a Joint Will or Mirror Wall and donating their fees directly to The Forever Friends Appeal to support the work of the RUH.      

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It is extremely important to have an up-to-date Will to ensure that your estate and possessions are distributed correctly. A professionally written Will is equally as important, as it will not only protect your family but speed up the process for your executors and beneficiaries following your death, giving everyone peace of mind. 

 

Making a Will is simply part of sound financial planning for everyone and makes good sense as none of us can be sure what the future holds.

 

Take this opportunity during the month of November to put your affairs in order and help ensure RUH patients continue to receive extraordinary healthcare

 

For more information and a list of all the participating solicitors please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or contact Jan Witt, Legacy Manager, Tel 01225 825819 or E jan.witt@nhs.net

 

The monies raised from RUH Will Month 2020 will be going towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s Speech and Language Appeal, details below. 

The Speech and Language Appeal 

 

The Forever Friends Appeal is raising £50,000 to purchase a portable machine to enhance the care given to patients who have swallowing difficulties.

Funds raised through RUH Will Month will help fund this piece of kit it will enable speech and language therapists to provide an alternative bedside assessment – reducing the waiting time to attend the X-ray clinic which can sometimes be several weeks and is the only option at present.

 

Catherine Cawley, Clinical Specialist and Speech and Language Therapist, RUH said: “Being able to eat and drink without a second thought is something most of us take for granted. But sadly many people have problems swallowing as a result of conditions such as having a stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. It is a serious issue as it can cause coughing and choking when you eat and drink, which can lead to chest infections, increased hospital admission and lengthier stays in hospital.

 

“This is why we are delighted to have the support from our charity on Swallowing Awareness Day –giving us the perfect platform to talk about this issue and the opportunity to promote this appeal. Having this machine will be a game changer – we will be able to give our patients a quicker diagnosis, recommend treatment and reduce the possibility of further medical complications.”

Stats to support the article: 

 

  • Swallowing difficulties affects 95% of people with Motor Neurone Disease, 50% of people with Parkinson’s disease, at least 40% of stroke survivors will initially experience some difficulty swallowing, 33% of people with multiple sclerosis and 15% of people with a learning disability. If left untreated, swallowing difficulties can result in pneumonia, increased hospital admission and lengthier stays in hospital. Source: rcslt.org.

 

  • 15% of hospital admissions of people living with dementia who have swallowing difficulties could be prevented by contributions from a speech and language therapist at an earlier point. (stat from: Inpatient Hospital Episode Statistics. Health & Social Care Information Centre, Public Health England)

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