Anderson MacArthur on South Beach Street, Stornoway says it is proud to have joined Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service.

The Free Will Service helps people aged over 55 to write or update their Will free of charge.

It also gives guidance for people considering leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK. T

he service is now being provided at Anderson MacArthur where local solicitors will be able to offer assistance with drafting a Will.

Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills. More than a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity.

A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their will. Traditionally this is money but it could be anything that has a monetary value like an estate or specific item. Anything that is left to Cancer Research UK can be marked to be ring-fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area.

Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, explained: “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.

“At Cancer Research UK, we work with a number of local solicitors to offer the Free Will Service to anyone aged 55 or over, helping individuals to make an all-important first will or update an existing one.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. The generous gifts left by people in their wills are so important as they help us continue the work that we do to beat cancer sooner. Without the money we receive from gifts, the progress we make through research would be far slower. We are always so grateful to anyone who leaves a gift in their will to Cancer Research UK – legacy gifts help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.”

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Every step taken by its doctors, nurses and scientists relies on donations from the public and the kindness of supporters who choose to leave a gift in their will.

The Free Will Service has been running successfully for more than 20 years across a network of solicitors in the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but they are under no obligation to do so.

Anderson MacArthur says it looks forward to offering the Free Will Service and working with Cancer Research UK to help beat cancer sooner.

For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or call Anderson MacArthur on 01851 703356.