Southport solicitors Hodge Halsall have been recogised by Cancer Research UK, after facilitating over £594,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their Will. 

Hodge Halsall has been offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service to people aged 18 and over in Southport for the past four years, giving guidance and support to those wishing to write a Will or update an existing one.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research and Gifts in Wills fund over a third of the charity’s life-saving research. Without them, Cancer Research UK would not be able to undertake the pioneering research that is not only saving lives in Southport and surrounding areas but across the world at a global scale.

Hodge Halsall said: “We’re honoured to have been recognised by Cancer Research UK in this way. 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime* and many of us at the firm have friends or family who have been affected by cancer. Together with clients’ pledges and ours, we are beating cancer for future generations”.

Samantha Devlin, Head of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, said: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around.

“Our Free Will Service is provided without obligation and we are grateful to Hodge Halsall for the expertise and sensitivity they show in providing clear information and guidance to help people in Southport make the best choices for them.

“By combining dedication with the highest professional standards, Hodge Halsall has facilitated over £594,000 worth of legacy gifts, which will help our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”

Together with its supporters, Cancer Research UK has played a role in developing 8 out the world’s top 10 cancer drugs, helped prove the link between tobacco and cancer and aided the development of radiotherapy – which benefits more than 130,000 patients every year in the UK. As the only charity fighting over 200 types of cancer, they are determined to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people survive their cancer by 2034.

Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors nationwide. It’s easy to use and people using the service are asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but are under no obligation to do so.

For more information, visit cruk.org/freewillservice or call Sarah Parkinson or  Rebecca Ind at Hodge Halsall on 01704 531991 or e-mail sarahparkinson@hhlegal.co.uk rebeccaind@hhlegal.co.uk

Notes to Editors  

*Ahmad AS et al. Trends in the lifetime risk of developing cancer in Great Britain: Comparison of risk for those born from 1930 to 1960. Br J Cancer 2015;bjc.2014:606.  

Source: These data were extracted from the Public Health England’s Cancer Analysis System, snapshot CAS1902. Accessed 23/09/2020.This work is only possible because of data from the cancer registry, which is routinely collected by the NHS as part of patient care. 

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