During January, Gordon Bell & Sons Solicitors in Rathfriland, Kilkeel and Dromore will be waiving their fee for will writing services with clients and instead, donating to leading local health charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.
Their involvement is part of a wider ‘Will You?’ campaign, that will see a host of legal practitioners from across Northern Ireland donate their fee to contribute to the fight against heart disease.
All funds raised through the initiative will go to support the charity’s much needed new service, Heart Strong, a new heart health and recovery programme which will bridge the gap between rehab after treatment, and getting back to normal life. It will help people with a heart condition grow beyond their current capabilities.
With people pledging commitments to New Year’s Resolutions and the period commonly viewed as the prime time to evaluate and make a fresh start, recently collated data* has shown that January is a popular time to make a will or update an existing one.
However, research also revealed that 54% of adults do not have a will. The serious implications of this include making an already difficult time for families more stressful. Young people who have just married, bought homes or become parents are amongst those who are likely to be unaware of the importance of the issue.
David Bell at Gordon Bell & Sons explained: “As families come together over the festive period, it may spark some motivation for people to ensure their loved ones are protected. Or the new year might just bring a fresh perspective and desire to ‘get things in order’ such as finances and future plans. We’re pleased to be both encouraging the people of County Down to make or amend their will while contributing to the fight against heart disease in Northern Ireland.”
Jackie Trainor, Director of Income Generation at Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke added: “There are around 74,000 people living with heart disease across Northern Ireland and it accounts for 10.5% of all local deaths. The donation of the £75 fee will pay for one person living with heart disease to attend our new Heart Strong programme for one week. We are pleased to have Gordon Bell & Sons Solicitors on board with this initiative, which is a first for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, and we appreciate their kind support of our Heart Strong campaign.”
For information and to book an appointment, visit www.gordonbellandson.co.uk