“There should be a will” and Awful Annie

For some years now, local charity Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland has campaigned to reduce the 7 out of 10 people who die without a will.

To that end this year, more than twenty offices of local Solicitors have generously agreed to reduce their Will Writing charges for older people to only £35 + VAT for a single uncomplicated Will. Whilst this is a huge reduction of around £100 with no strings attached, in earlier years some people have chosen to recognise needy local older people by leaving a greatly appreciated legacy to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland or making a donation, where the need is great especially in these difficult times.

The offer is available from 1st September until 31st October. Hundreds of people took advantage of this superb, low – cost deal last year in what proved to be a very successful initiative by the charity. Details are available from 0116 2992233 or www.ageuk.org.uk/leics

Commenting, the Executive Director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, Tony Donovan said, “Most people appreciate that it is extremely important to make a Will, but either never get round to it or continue to put it off on the basis that they are too young and it is something that they will do when they are much older.  Unfortunately 7 out of 10 people die without sorting it out, in spite of the clear benefits.  By making a Will you take the pressure off those nearest and dearest to you who will receive your money and property, rather than it being left to the rules of law to decide.”

“Even if you have made a will, perhaps it was so long ago that it is time to consider whether it needs revising. Don’t miss this opportunity to put matters straight!”



De Montfort Hall’s Awful Auntie  delivers awesome result for Age UK!

Awful Annie Cast

De Montfort Hall saw David Walliams’ children’s book, Awful Auntie, brought to life on stage last week as part of Birmingham Stage Company’s UK tour.

The show, an amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, follows Stella’s adventures visiting London with her parents. Stella Saxby is the sole heir to her family home, Saxby Hall, but when awful Auntie Alberta decides she wants it for herself, Stella is in for the fight of her life and her Auntie really lives up to her name!

Following support for the local Age UK last year during Gangsta Granny performances,  Birmingham Stage Company chose Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland again this year  to benefit through a fundraising collection which raised over £1,400.

Antony Flint, De Montfort Hall General Manager, said: “A big thank you to customers that kindly donated to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland’s bucket collection, arranged by Birmingham Stage Company, over the last few days. A fantastic amount of money has been raised for such a worthy local charity.”

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Executive Director, Tony Donovan, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a local charity which provides so much support to older people across Leicestershire and Rutland. De Montfort Hall and the Birmingham Stage Company have been very generous with their support of our charity alongside their marvellous production.”