Jess’s Story

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

It’s a simple process, where you are guided by a professional, and once your Will is written, you have such peace of mind

One person who has left a gift in her Will to St Elizabeth Hospice is Jessica Prosser, Trusts Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice.

“My husband and I have been married for over ten years. We own a house, we have three children and we began thinking about the children’s future and the importance of having a plan and guardians in place to support them, in the eventuality something happened to us,” she explained.

“Sometimes life moves on and you have plans, like Wills, which you think ‘I must address’ but never get round to. Speaking with friends, they too were in similar positions, but agreed it was something we should all consider, for peace of mind.

Jess added: “It was a simple process, with our solicitor talking us through what would happen and what we needed to do, explaining everything very clearly.

“It encapsulated every element of end-of-life and our wishes, but after it was complete, I felt we had peace of mind.

“We also took the decision to support the hospice through leaving a donation in our Will, as recognition for the brilliant free care they give to so many families in the local community. Having worked for the hospice for a number of years, I regularly see the value of their compassionate service and to be able to give back to the charity through writing my Will, was very special to me.

“I hope my donation helps contribute to the hospice’s ambition to continue developing its care to support even more families, during difficult times in their lives, throughout Suffolk for many years to come.

“I would encourage anyone thinking of drafting their Will to do so. It’s a simple process, where you are guided by a professional, and once your Will is written, you have such peace of mind and you can also support a fantastic local good cause at the same time.”

Every year the hospice cares for more than 3,000 Suffolk patients and their families at a cost of £12.9m, of which 70% is raised by the community through gift donations in wills, St Elizabeth Hospice’s retail shops and local fundraising activities; with one in five patients cared for by funds donated by gifts in wills.

St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent Suffolk charity providing free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

Centered on an individual's needs, the hospice provides specialist support, whenever and wherever it is needed, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice.

How a gift in your Will can help

Our inpatient unit provides intensive care and support when it is needed most, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The hospice currently has 18 beds at our inpatient unit on Foxhall Road, Ipswich, which is made up of wards and single rooms. We also have six beds in Beccles Hospital.

Your support will give people dignity and choice in their final days, and enable them to make the most precious time with their families.

Your gift can also help patients and families who might be struggling with living with a terminal illness and making important decisions, as well as those who are bereaved, by enabling us to provide counselling, art therapy and music therapy.

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