Thank you to everyone who took part in our Will week 2019. We would also like to thank the solicitors who participated this year, generously giving their time and skills to make it a great success.

Our next Will week returns next in 2020, keep checking back for a date and list of participating solicitors who give their time and skills to make Wills in return for a donation to our hospice. 

More about Will week
The week is designed to raise funds for Haven House via participating solicitors and Will Writers. In return for a donation to Haven House, a solicitor will draw up a basic Will or basic mirror Wills.

Making a Will ensures that you have taken care of your family and if you also choose to give a gift in your Will to Haven House, you will help towards helping us continue to provide specialist care for children who are unlikely to reach adulthood. 

This is also an opportunity to update your Will if you already have one. As you know circumstances often change and solicitors advise that you should review your Will every five years after any major changes in your life, for example:

  • getting separated or divorced
  • getting married (this cancels any Will you made before)
  • having a child
  • grandchildren
  • moving house
  • if the executor named in the Will dies

Did you know that the average cost of making a Will with a solicitor is expensive (approximately £150 +VAT for a basic single Will, £250+VAT for a pair of basic mirror Wills. The average cost of a codicil is £80+VAT.)

Local solicitors who are participating will donate their expertise and time for free. Therefore we suggest a minimum donation to Haven House of:

•    £100 for a basic single Will
•    £160 for a pair of basic mirror Wills

The aim of our Will Week:

The importance of making or updating a Will is to safeguard and provide for loved ones – especially if your circumstances have changed in recent years, so do please consider making your Will now.

Legacy gifts, no matter what size, left to Haven House Children’s Hospice are becoming more and more vital to continue our work to help the children that we care for and also plan for the future. Find out more about what legacies mean to Haven House.

Watch our film 'There's No Catch' and make your appointment to make your Will:

By taking part in Will week we are giving people peace of mind whilst knowing that their donations will be helping life-limited children in our local community.

Thirsk Winton Solicitors, Woodford Green


Can I make an appointment outside of the Will week period ?
Will week is between the specified dates but sometimes the solicitor agrees to accommodate appointments outside that period. However, it is at the solicitor's discretion and may not be possible.

What if my Will is complicated?
The solicitors can only offer a standard or basic Will writing service free of charge. If your Will is more complex they will advise you of this and explain any costs which may need to be charged. You may refuse at this stage.

Is the Will writing or updating free of charge?
Yes. The solicitors have all agreed to give up their time for free in order to support Haven House. However, it is on the understanding that you make a donation to Haven House instead of the fee.

How much should you donate?
This is entirely a personal decision but there is a suggested minimum amount. We would ask that you make the suggested amount as it is significantly cheaper than making a Will outside of Will Week.

How many Wills can each solicitor instruct under this initiative? 
Each participating solicitor instructs as many Wills within that solicitor’s capacity. This may mean that they can only accommodate the preparation of a selected amount of Wills under the Haven House scheme. Once their Will appointments under the scheme are full then they will not be obliged to take on any further. However, each solicitor works on his own capacity. but you could contact one of our other solicitors participating in our Wills week.

If you need to find out more or have another question, please do not hesitate to telephone Teena Antoniou or Abby Mason 020 8498 5845.

Find out more here about leaving a gift in your Will.

To talk about the importance having a Will, leaving a gift in your Will, or our Will Week, please contact us here or telephone our legacy team on 020 8498 5845.