DONATIONS to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw will be exchanged for professionally written wills.

The charity has joined forces with local solicitors and financial advisors for its annual Make a Will Month, which will run throughout April.

Since 2011 the campaign has helped raise almost £40,000 in aid of the hospice.

To take part book an appointment with a solicitor and mention Make a Will Month.

Those taking part are Atkinson Ritson, Beaty & Co., Burnetts, Butterworths, David Allen and Scott Duff & Co.

Donations of £130 for a single will and £200 for a pair of mirror wills are recommended.

Karen Durden, Legacy Fundraising Manager, said, “Making a Will is easy to do and keeping it up to date is very important to ensure that your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are looked after. If you die without a Will your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished.

"Make a Will Month runs throughout April and we are extremely grateful to the participating solicitors who are donating their time free of charge to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw."

The money raised during Make a Will Month will help the local charity to provide the care, support and activities to local adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and support is extended to all the patients’ families, friends and carers.