A SCHEME which urged residents across the borough to make a will has raised almost £10,000 for Barnsley Hospice.

Make a Will Month, which was held in February, saw local solicitors waive their fees in exchange for a donation.

It is the seventh year the fundraiser has taken place, with donations going directly to supporting patients and their families.

The final total has reached nearly £10,000.

Sue Jennings, a legal executive at Bury and Walkers LLP who supported the initiative, said: “I know the hospice relies on donations and fundraising an awful lot and we’re very happy to help.

“Each year we raise around £5,000 – which is a lot of wills written in 28 days.

“Our clients appreciate the time we give to Make a Will Month too, the hospice holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many.”

The other local firms who supported the fundraiser included Best Solicitors, Elmhirst Parker LLP, Ison Harrison Solicitors, Newman and Bond Solicitors, Peace Legal Limited, Pennine Law Solicitors, and Wosskow Brown LLP.

Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “The support we have received for this initiative over the years has been astonishing.

“We are extremely grateful for the kindness of the legal professionals who waive their fees to provide this service, and to the clients who generously donate to our charity instead.

“The £10,000 raised this year has been so important, especially under the continuing difficult circumstances.”