RNLI invites supporters aged over 55 to get Wills written for free this March

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is taking part in Free Wills Month this March, offering supporters aged over 55 the chance to write or update their Will for FREE at participating solicitors in several areas around the UK.

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March Free Wills Month

The Free Wills Month scheme gives people the chance to write or update their Will with participating solicitors and, if they wish, include a gift to a charity, after taking care of loved ones.

Nearly two thirds of RNLI lifeboat launches are only made possible through gifts in Wills, and although people using the Free Wills Month service are not obliged to leave a gift in their Will to the RNLI, the charity hopes people will consider doing so.

Jeremy Cronin, RNLI Legacy and In Memoriam Coordinator, says: ‘The RNLI has helped those in peril at sea since 1824, and while nobody knows what the future holds, we do know that the sea will always be dangerously unpredictable. Six out of every ten RNLI lifeboat launches are only possible due to gifts left in Wills, which shows donations – however large or small – are vital for helping our lifeboat crews and lifeguards continue saving lives at sea. We are so grateful to everyone who leaves a gift to the RNLI in their Will.’

For more information – including details of solicitors in England and Wales who are participating in Free Wills Month – call 0300 300 0124 or email legacy_enquiry@rnli.org.uk. Or for general information about Free Wills Month, visit RNLI.org.uk/freewills

Notes to editors

· Free Wills Month is run by Capacity Marketing, which organises the scheme for a consortium of approximately 10 charities, including the RNLI. Free Wills Month (March) has participating solicitors in Blackpool; Newcastle upon Tyne; Sunderland; Darlington; Middlesbrough; Harrogate; Sheffield; Chesterfield; Liverpool; Wirral; Crawley; Eastbourne; Hastings; Chichester; Worthing; Essex; Kent; London Boroughs; Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; Hertfordshire; Peterborough; Northampton; Wolverhampton; Coventry.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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