If you choose to remember Queenscourt in your will you can be assured that your gift will make a real difference to the lives of both our patients and their families. Thank you for supporting our vital work!
What is Queenscourt?
Queenscourt is about end-of-life care.
Our mission is to ensure that any adult who lives in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire and is nearing the end of life will have the best possible specialist palliative care.
What does Queenscourt do?
Queenscourt Hospice is based in its own purpose-built premises on Town Lane Southport where we have ten beds for in-patients, day services and an out-patient service.
The Queenscourt at Home service gives additional support to patients and families in their own homes, working with district nurses, doctors and other professionals. Our aim is to play a full part with others in improving end-of-life care and in particular to try to help those who wish to stay at home.
Our Terence Burgess Education Centre is based on the Hospice site and aims to promote best practice in palliative care for our own staff, for doctors, nurses, carers and others. It is gaining a reputation nationally as a centre of excellence and trains healthcare professionals from far and wide.
Why are legacies so important to us?
We are an independent voluntary and charitable body and whilst we have some financial support from the NHS most of our income comes from charitable donations. We need to raise almost £3 million a year to run Queenscourt, of this sum legacies and memorial donations contribute by far the most to our funds.
Legacies and memorial donations are therefore vital to us.
How can you help us?
Making a will gives you the opportunity to make sure that your money and property are used as you would wish and that your family, friends or others around you know of your wishes when you die. You may wish to leave a gift to Queenscourt once you have taken care of all of those around you.
Gifts may be in the form of a fixed sum of money - This does not have to be a large sum as every gift helps.
Or a share of your estate - When all other commitments or gifts are met a percentage or part of the residue of your estate can be used to benefit Queenscourt and people who will need our care in the future. Property or other items of value may be gifted. Stocks, shares, houses, furniture, jewellery can all be left to Queenscourt so that valuable funds can be raised.
How do you go about making a will?
Although it is possible to make a will without professional help, this is not advisable as there are various legal formalities you need to follow to ensure that your will is valid. Without the help of an expert there is a real risk that you could make a mistake, which could cause problems for your family and friends after your death.
Various firms offer to prepare wills and we (like most charities) recommend that you use a solicitor to assist you. All solicitors have professional qualifications and are stringently supervised by the Law Society. They have liability insurance and offer a broad range of legal knowledge across other associated areas such as property and tax planning. Most solicitors also offer free secure storage of your will.
What Should I do?
Your solicitor will advise you on the appropriate form of wording and they will need to have our full name, address and registered charity number which is as follows:
Queenscourt Hospice, Town Lane, Southport Merseyside PR8 6RE (Registered charity no: 518801)
If you would like to know more please contact Jane Royds on 01704 517926