Local Estate Planner Skydiving to support hospice charity with Wills campaign

A local Will Writer and Estate Planner from Mountnessing is supporting a local hospice charity by skydiving out of a plane at 13,000 feet.

Ian Nicholson, 57, owner of Beaulieu Wills and Estate Planning agreed to skydive out of a plane in June after speaking to Havens Hospices about how his Will Writing business could support the hospice charity.

As a hospice charity which provides palliative nursing and supportive care at the end of peoples’ lives, Havens Hospices knows the importance of having a Will in place so a person’s affairs and wishes are in place for when they die.

Ian is not only raising sponsorship for the challenge – one that he had never envisioned himself doing before – but he has agreed to offer his Will writing services for free to someone in the hope that it raises awareness on the importance of planning a Will, something that many people hold off for various reasons. He said:

“When I was speaking to Havens Hospices about how my Will Writing business could help them raise much needed funds, I guess my brain couldn’t have been functioning when I said yes to them asking me if I would consider taking part in a skydive in aid of the charity.

“Writing a Will is something which a lot of people just put off for many reasons because of the many misconceptions but in reality, it is an essential part of ensuring that your family, friends and loved ones really know what your wishes are after you die. It ensures that you leave your property, savings and gifts to the people you care about. You may wish to consider leaving a Will at any age, it’s not just something that should be considered until you are elderly or in the unfortunate event of becoming terminally ill.

“To raise awareness around the importance of Wills and to encourage more people to consider writing one, I will be offering my Will writing service to someone free of charge.  I will also be asking that person if they would consider leaving a small legacy to Havens Hospices in their Will, which will help the charity to continue their free specialist palliative and supportive care for future generations.”

Emma Hamilton, In Memory and Legacy Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said: “We can’t thank Ian enough for his incredible support – we know skydiving wasn’t the first on his list of things to do! Our care can only exist because of the support and generosity of the community and because of businesses like his.

“When you’re writing your Will, you may also want to think about how you want to be remembered – what will your legacy be? While the financial security of the people you care for is your first priority, you may also want to make a donation to a charity in your Will. By making a gift to Havens Hospices, you’ll be leaving a legacy that will make a big difference to the lives of many people in the future. Last year legacies helped pay for the care of one in three of our patients.”

To support Ian’s fundraising efforts for Havens Hospices visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-nicholson12. To enter the draw for a free Will please email Emma Hamilton ehamilton@havenshospices.org.uk by Sunday 27th June. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted on Monday 28th June.

To support Havens Hospices in ‘Making every day count’ by taking on a skydiving challenge like Ian visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/skydive

Published Tuesday 18th May 2021

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Ian Nicholson outside Fair Havens Hospice in Prittlewell