Let your legacy be a lifesaver – RNLI launches free wills scheme in Lincolnshire

Friday 15 October 2010

Author: Deborah Heaton-Caffin

People aged 55 and over in Lincolnshire can amend or make a will free of charge* during October thanks to a scheme involving a consortium of ten charities, including the RNLI.

Four firms of solicitors with offices in Lincoln and North Hykeham are taking part in the scheme, which it is hoped will encourage people to leave a gift to a charitable cause they care about.

Louise Barth, RNLI Fundraising and Communications Manager for the north of England, said that while people who want to take advantage of the free wills scheme are under no obligation to leave a gift to the RNLI, legacies are a vital source of income for the charity.

She said: ‘Six out of ten lifeboat launches are only made possible because of legacy gifts which pay for lifeboats, equipment and volunteer crew training. We know that most people want to remember their loved ones in their wills but once they have done that, we would be very thankful for any support they can give us. Even a very small gift can make a difference and every penny left to the RNLI will help us invest in new technology to make future rescues safer for the volunteers.’

John Irving, Coxswain at Skegness RNLI lifeboat station, which has had equipment and crew training costs paid for through legacies in the past, said: 'All lifeboat crew members owe a huge debt of gratitude for the voluntary contributions and gifts in wills which provide sixty per cent of the RNLI’s income. Everyone considering leaving a gift to the RNLI can be certain that their legacies will really make a difference to helping us save lives at sea.'

Solicitors participating in the Free Wills Scheme in Lincoln include Langleys Solicitors, McKinnells Solicitors and Ringrose Law. Ringrose Law’s North Hykeham branch is also participating in the scheme.

For more information, including the contact details of the solicitors taking part in the scheme, please call 0845 020 4309

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