Vet charity PDSA has teamed up with solicitors across the UK to launch a nationwide free will-writing service and raise funds to treat more sick and injured pets.
The charity’s vets and nurses provide over two million treatments every year, helping 300,000 owners who would otherwise be unable to afford veterinary care for their pets. PDSA relies on gifts in wills to continue funding its vital services. In fact, two in every three PDSA pet treatments are funded by gifts left in wills. So people taking up the new Free Will offer will also have the opportunity to leave a gift, if they wish.
The initiative will help pets and people alike, according to Ruth Lister from PDSA’s Free Wills team: “Making and updating a will is the only way to ensure our wishes will be carried out and that loved ones are looked after when the time comes.”
“An up-to-date will ensures that the things you hold dear are passed to the people you love and the causes you believe in. Yet many people put off doing it for a variety of reasons – usually the cost. This is why PDSA is working with local solicitors to offer a free will-writing service to help people who want to gain some peace of mind for themselves and their family.
“Those who take up the free offer are not obliged to pledge a gift to PDSA, but we hope that, as they learn about our vital work for pets across the UK, they will feel inspired to support us.
“Including a gift in your will to PDSA makes a big difference to the future of millions of pets. It’s your chance to leave a lasting legacy and show your love for animals.”
PDSA’s Free Will offer is available through participating solicitors to people aged 50 and over, who have not made a will or, just as importantly, need to update an existing will.
The Free Will offer is being supported by a number of solicitors who will write a simple Will at a concessionary rate – paid for by PDSA. For anyone unable to visit a solicitor in person there are also options to have the will written online or over the telephone.
Christopher Sleigh, Senior Partner at participating firm, Sleigh, Son & Booth Solicitors, said: “It’s vital to have a will but just as important to review it from time to time. Things change, life is ever evolving, relationships change; people marry, people divorce and some remarry. Minor beneficiaries grow up; assets change. It just causes so much upset and distress to families if a will has not been updated. It’s almost worse than not having a will at all”.
PDSA provides life-saving care to pets, from emergency operations to preventive treatments such as vaccinations.
How do you feel about this? Do you think it’s a great offer or with the organisation’s fundraising at the heart of how they are able to offer the services they do would it make you think twice about using? Let us know!