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Ensuring your estate is distributed to your wishes

Why make a Will during the RUH Make a Will Month?

Harris and Harris are very proud to support The Forever Friends Appeal by participating in their RUH Will Month scheme again this September.  Below, find out how making a Will is the only way to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes.

But simply – if you do not make a Will then Intestacy Rules will apply to your estate which means that it will be distributed according to the law and may not go to the people you intended.

It is important to note that the Intestacy Rules do not currently recognise co-habitees who are not married or in a civil partnership.  If you live with your partner and die without having made a Will, your partner will not automatically inherit your estate meaning it could pass to your surviving family.  Your partner may then have to make a claim on your estate for financial provision.

A Will is also very important if you have children as you may wish to consider appointing guardians for young children.  If you die without appointing an official guardian then you are putting then the court will need to appoint a guardian of its own choosing. This may not be the person you would chose to look after your children.

Having your Will drafted by a properly qualified professional, means you can ensure that your estate passes to those people or charities in accordance with your wishes.  A proper understanding of succession law and family matters is essential in the preparation of Wills.  When you book an appointment with Harris and Harris, we will discuss your requirements and provide you with legal advice appropriate to your needs.

By making your Will during Make a Will Month, not only do you benefit from professional advice, you are also helping your local hospital.


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Why I support RUH Will Month

Why I give my support to RUH Will Month – by Heather Kirby, RUH patient

Whilst I was having Radiotherapy at the RUH, I became interested in the hospital’s charity, The  Forever Friends Appeal. Knowing one of their fundraising campaigns was to fund towards the building of a new pioneering Cancer Centre, I wanted to show my support.  I wanted to give something back to the RUH for all they had done for me and the marvellous care and support I have received.

I heard about their annual RUH Will Month scheme and although I had a Will, it was in serious need of updating. RUH Will Month enabled me to have my Will updated by a professional solicitor at a reduced fee, which was then donated back to the  hospital’s charity. I loved the idea as I was able to get my affairs in order and have the knowledge that I was giving back to my hospital and will help to continue providing exceptional care for its patients and their families, just like it did for me. Here’s my story:

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January 2012. My journey started at Christmas in 2011 when I was in the bath and felt a lump in my breasts.   I visited my doctor the very next day who immediately booked me an appointment for the Breast Clinic at my local hospital, the RUH.

After examinations and tests, I was told the news that it was Cancer and I was immediately put on a course of tablets to see if the tumour would shrink.  Unfortunately this did not happen and I was giving the devastating news that I had to have a full mastectomy, followed two weeks later having all my lymph nodes removed in my armpit.

After the operation, I had six sessions of Chemotherapy but I was lucky, as I fortunately didn’t have too many side effects.  However, during this treatment I felt very restless, unable to concentrate and found it extremely difficult to read, watch television or even hold a conversation with anyone for long, including my friends. A month later, I had 20 days of Radiotherapy which left me extremely weary and by session number 15, I was only able to do things in small amounts before becoming extremely exhausted.

I made a decision to accept the Cancer and put on a fight, as I could either sink or swim and no way was the Cancer taking over my life and let it defeat me.  I would ask questions and had lots of support from friends and neighbours who helped me cope.

RUH Will Month is a great opportunity to not only make or update your Will at a reduced cost by Professional Will Writers and provide you with peace of mind, but it is an opportunity to support your local hospital now and in the future.

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Why having a Will is important

By RUH Will Month participating solicitors Burningham & Brown

Many people do delay making a Will – for some they think doing it will bring them bad luck, yet it is an important task which when done, brings you peace of mind. Once you have a Will, you know that should the worst happen, your affairs are in order and that your property and money will go where you want to it to go.

There are a number of misconceptions about Wills;

  • That only the elderly should make them – in fact it is equally important for young couples who may need (amongst other things) to appoint guardians for any minor children.
  • I don’t own any property or have a lot of money – even if this is the case in reality most of us are worth more than we think, especially if you have taken out an insurance policy, perhaps linked to a mortgage, or indeed you have an occupational pension (and you haven’t written the benefits of each in trust), either of these may pay out into your Estate.
  • We live together, and treat each other as spouses, although we have never actually married/entered into a civil partnership, and therefore all our assets will pass automatically to my surviving partner – sadly this is not true. If you die without having made a Will (referred to as dying intestate) then how your Estate is distributed will be governed by the rules of intestacy, and irrespective of how long you have lived together, your surviving partner could receive nothing at all.
  • All our assets are held in our joint names so we don’t need to bother with Wills – although it is usual for jointly held property to pass to the surviving owner on the first death, what happens on the death of the last of you?

The above are only a few examples of the misunderstandings we have encountered in practice, and do not even touch on some of more the complex situations, such as second marriages, where provision needs to be made for your new spouse whilst also protecting your children’s interests from your first marriage, what to do if you own assets overseas and ways to reduce Inheritance Tax being paid on your Estate.

Also, solicitors will recommend reviewing your Will every 3 years or so, or after any major event (such as the birth of children or grandchildren), if your financial situation has changed (such as an inheritance or a lottery win!) and therefore it is better that you have a Will in place that covers your wishes rather than relying on the rules of intestacy.

Therefore you need to decide:

  • Who benefits from your Estate;
  • What they will receive;
  • Who will actually carry out your instructions in your Will – your Executors; and
  • Who will be the guardians of your children

Once you’ve made these decisions, you can then making a Will and take part in the RUH Will Month scheme during September. As one of the participating solicitors we can offer you a reduced fee which will be donated to The Forever Friends Appeal.

We’re proudly supporting RUH Will Month, if you would like to make or update your Will with us, please contact 01225 320090 or visit: www.burninghambrown.com

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Box Rocks Festival proceeds announced

Box Rocks , the August bank holiday festival which took place in Box, Wiltshire has raised £2,818.36 for our Therapies Matter campaign.

Thanks to the Brownsword Challenge, these funds will be doubled, meaning £5,636.72 will go towards the build of the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre that is being built near the main entrance of the RUH.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“Thanks to the Box Rocks festival, over £40,187.45 has been donated to the Appeal over the past 15 years. We are so grateful for the continued support from Box Rocks and their generosity has helped fund our major campaigns including the new Cancer Centre and previously the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as well as new equipment for wards and departments at the RUH.”

The Box Rocks Festival started back in 1994 with just a few local bands playing at the Queens Head Inn. As its popularity has grown, the organisers now set up a bigger stage so there’s a large viewing area for everyone to enjoy the host of acts that perform on the day. Dean Creighton, Event Organiser said:

“We’re proud to announce that with this year’s fundraising, we have smashed the £40,000 total for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.”

For more information about the event click here


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Team Mulberry to trek Mount Kilimanjaro

Dedicated Fundraisers, Jill Cox and Emma Holcombe who work for Mulberry in Chilcompton (near Midsomer Norton) will complete their final challenge on Friday 24 August – a trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of raising money for The Forever Friends Appeal and Time is Precious.

Jill and Emma set a fundraising target of £8,500 at the beginning of 2018. They’ve organised a number of fundraising events throughout the year and so far have raised an incredible £11,939.

Jill Cox, Production Planning Manager, Mulberry said:

“Last year I lost my dad, he suffered with his heart throughout his life, so I really wanted to be able to help others by giving back to the Cardiology Department at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

“We got the fundraising bug when Emma and I completed the Three Peaks Challenge. We really enjoyed every aspect of the three peaks and the fundraising side too.  We decided Kilimanjaro would be amazing and a challenge to raise a considerable amount of money for The Appeal and Time is Precious.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us. We’ve held cake and book sales, a raffle and even sat in a bath full of baked beans for six hours with onlookers pouring more beans or soup on us for more donations. Our employer, Mulberry gave us a good start to our fundraising target by pledging £2,000 towards our target. We’re now looking forward to conquering Mount Kilimanjaro – we can’t believe we are one step closer to completing our goal. If anyone would like to sponsor us, we have a giving site

On Friday, 24 August, Jill and Emma will set off on the gruelling 10 day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. At the summit they will be 5,895 metres above sea level (19,341 feet).

Laura Rankin, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank Jill and Emma for raising funds for the RUH’s Cardiology Department. They have undertaken some amazing fundraising events and we wish them a huge amount of good luck on their trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

“We rely on the invaluable support we receive from the local corporate community to be able to invest in projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide, and make a real difference to patients, their families, carers and the staff who treat them.”

If your place of work is interested in supporting The Forever Friends Appeal, please contact Laura Rankin on 01225 825392, email: laura.rankin@nhs.net or click here for more information.

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Movie by Moonlight presents ‘The Greatest Showman’

The greatest show on earth is coming to Bath’s Royal Victoria Park on Saturday 1 September. The worldwide musical sensation – The Greatest Showman (rated PG) will be screened outdoors, as the highly anticipated Movie by Moonlight film brought to you by The Forever Friends Appeal.

Everyone is welcome to the event and entry is free (no tickets needed). There will be a bucket collection on the night and donations will go to the Royal United Hospitals Bath. The gates to the outdoor screening will open at 5pm and the film will start at approximately 8:30pm, or when it gets dark.

‘The Greatest Showman’ is a film that celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of a visionary who follows his hopes and dreams and rise from nothing with his marvellous circus. It stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and includes a lot of sing-a-long worthy original songs.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are so excited to have The Greatest Showman as this year’s Movie by Moonlight. It’s a fantastic film for all and we hope that people will bring their friends and family and enjoy an evening of musical cinema magic under the twinkling lights of Bath.

“If you can come, why not wear fancy dress – Heart West Country radio presenter, Julian Jones will be hosting the night and will award a prize to the best-dressed person on the night.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Freestyle Designs for sponsoring the event for the fourth year in a row and helping us promote it throughout Bath. I would also like to thank Filmair Cinema Services for always ensuring we have a fantastic atmosphere during the screening in Royal Victoria Park.”

All proceeds will be donated towards the Appeal to help patients and their families cared for by the Royal United Hospitals Bath. Remember your blanket, there will also be local food vendors such as Fire & Brew, L J Hugs and Splitscreen Ice Cream Co onsite or you can bring a picnic (but please no glass, barbeques or knives)  and snuggle up under the stars to watch this fantastic musical.

For more information about this year’s Movie by Moonlight click here

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12 year old to cycle 100 miles in a day to support patients at the RUH

A 12 year old boy is in training for a gruelling 10-hour long, 100-mile sponsored bike ride to raise funds for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Hector Rees-Davies from Kilmersdon, near Radstock who is a student at Millfield Prep. School has been busy training for his challenge and has developed his own training programme.  He has already accomplished cycling 50 miles in a day to prepare for ‘Hector’s Great Bike Ride’ on Saturday 11 August, which is being supported by Bath Bike Hire.

Hector decided he wanted to fundraise for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre and support the fundraising appeal ‘Therapies Matter’ as the RUH was instrumental in the treatment of Ed Jackson, a former Millfield student and rugby player who broke his neck last year. He has already raised over £700 for the campaign by collecting sponsorship monies.  Hector said:

“I really want to help raise money for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre so that when others are hurt, the RUH can help them. I would like to say a very big thanks to everyone who has donated so far and everyone who will in the near future. It’s not too late to make a difference!”

Hector got the fundraising bug as for the past eight months as he’s been washing cars and saving money to go on a rugby tour to Dubai with his school in October. His parents promised him that he could go if he raised half of the funds.

Having reached his fundraising target for the school rugby tour, the rest of Hector’s fundraising will now go towards the RNHRD and Therapies Centre, that will provide rheumatology, therapies and pain management services to help people like Ed Jackson recover from serious injuries as well managing long-term conditions. The new building will include a large hydrotherapy pool, specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, and a biologics treatment space.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“A huge thank you and congratulations goes out to Hector and his family for all of their hard work – and we wish him the best of good luck for the amazing challenge that he has ahead. Thanks to the Brownsword Match Funding Challenge, Hector’s total fundraising amount will be doubled.  We are so impressed by everything that he has achieved – amazing work Hector.”

Anyone wishing to show their support for Hector can make a donation to Hector’s ‘Great Bike Ride’ on Just Giving, where he has also been writing his weekly training updates for the bike ride.

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Festival on the Farm raises £3,200 for Cancer Centre

Festival on the Farm, a fundraising event held in Easton Piercy, Chippenham which saw 130 people attend has raised over £3,200 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

The amount will be donated towards the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign for a pioneering new Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH.

The festival offered SIRVA Relocation employees, their families and the local community an afternoon of live music, afternoon tea, a barbeque, stalls such as tombola, face painting, Thai massage and many more. Those who attended also celebrated the inaugural event by creating their own piece of artwork and poignantly entitled it ‘Helping Hands’.  Many attendees camped overnight and were treated to a cooked breakfast the following day.

Penny Tenerife, organiser of Festival on the Farm said:

“Thanks to colleagues at SIRVA Relocation, members of the local community and families from Calder House School, our festival was a great success, and the amount raised far exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have done it without the support and generosity of a lot of lovely people. In particular, my neighbours at Manor Farm were very supportive and we couldn’t have done it without their help.

We organised the event to support a colleague and friend of ours, Justine Elliott, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016 and sadly passed away shortly before the event took place. During her treatment at the RUH, Justine set a fundraising target to raise £25,000 for the Cancer Care campaign and we wanted to help contribute towards her goal.

On behalf of everyone who helped organise Festival on Farm, I’d like to say thank you for your support as every pound donated will be going towards the new Cancer Centre, to help patients and their families.”

Earlier this year, we announced that the minimum £8.5m needed towards the building of the pioneering new Cancer Centre had been reached, however the Appeal would continuing its fundraising efforts with many of its donors and supporters wanting to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“Penny and the team involved in organising Festival on the Farm created something truly amazing – a fun event which saw different communities coming together to show their support for our Cancer Care campaign. We are very thankful for their hard work and support in helping us raising funds to ensure that the very best care, treatment and quality of environment is available to patients and their families at the RUH.”

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