Weston man leaves legacy to hospice
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:53 12 September 2013
A WESTON man is urging people to leave a lasting legacy through the Remember A Charity In Your Will national awareness week.
Simon Platt, aged 53, from Wrington, decided to change his will to donatemoney to Weston Hospicecare when his wife Jackie died, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Simon said: “Jackie had been taking part in trials of new drugs with the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and obviously we hoped that this would help her and others too.
“On our last visit there in October 2010 we were told that the treatment wasn’t working and that Jackie had only weeks left to live. It was devastating news.”
Her health deteriorated rapidly and within 24 hours her husband and two teenage children were told she had only days left.
Simon said: “We just couldn’t take it in, everything seemed to be falling apart and we were totally overwhelmed. Then Weston Hospicecare stepped in.”
Jackie was transferred to the hospice in Uphill where she died 10 days later. Simon said: “During that time, the care Jackie and all of the family received was absolutely fantastic; the nurses were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble and Jackie was able to spend her last days peacefully with her family around her.”
Simon gave up his job in insurance and now volunteers at the hospice. His experience has also inspired him to leave a gift to Weston Hospicecare in his will to enable it to continue its work.
Hospicecare’s Sally Davis said: “The gifts people leave us in their wills account for 20-30 per cent of our annual income and are vital to us.
“It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money to charity but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Without the gifts left in wills by people just like Simon, Weston Hospicecare simply wouldn’t exist.
“Gifts differ widely in size but large or small we use each and every one to provide vital support to patients and their families at the time when they need it most.”
For more information about Remember A Charity In Your Will Week visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk. For information on leaving a lasting legacy to Weston
Hospicecare, contact Sally Davis on 01934 423900.