At Helen & Douglas House, local children and their families depend on us for emotional and practical support throughout the harsh realities of terminal illness. But with over £5 million needed each year to continue this vital support, we rely on the generosity of the general public to help keep our doors open. One special way of supporting us is by leaving a donation in your Will.
Help your local hospice
Every donation makes a huge difference to the help we can offer terminally ill children and their families. After taking care of your loved ones in your Will, please consider leaving a gift to Helen & Douglas House. No matter how large or small it is, you can rest assured that you’ll be helping make a very real, positive difference to the lives of local families facing the worst.
Why write a Will?
Drafting a Will gives you the peace of mind that the people and organisations you wish to benefit from your life will do so. It also means your loved ones have fewer decisions to make after you’re gone, and minimises the potential for disputes and claims on your estate.
We strongly recommend you visit a solicitor to ensure that your wishes for your family and other beneficiaries are clear. You can choose to leave a percentage of the remainder of your estate, a fixed sum of money, or a specific material gift, such as jewellery, a painting or stocks and shares.
If you already have an up-to-date Will and you’d like to leave us a gift, simply fill in a codicil form in the presence of two witnesses and ask your solicitor to keep it with your Will. You can download a form or contact us and we’ll send you one.
Leave a gift to charity and reduce inheritance tax by 4%
Did you know that a legacy left to charity is exempt from inheritance tax? From April 2012, changes to inheritance tax mean that if you leave 10% or more of your net estate to charity, the rate of inheritance tax payable on the remainder of the estate will be reduced from 40% to 36%. This means that should you wish to, you can leave a more significant gift to charity with less effect on the value of any other gifts you leave to your family and friends.
Leaving a gift in your Will to Helen & Douglas House
We really appreciate your support, so we’d like to reassure you of a few things. When you leave a gift to Helen & Douglas House:
- Your loved ones come first
- We won’t put you under pressure
- We’ll use your gift respectfully and wisely
- You don’t have to tell us of your decision, as we respect your right to privacy
If you’d like your gift to be spent on a particular part of our hospice service, please let us know and we’ll ensure that your wish is carried out. You’re also very welcome to come and visit us so that you can see our vital work at first hand.
If you have any questions or you’d like to discuss leaving us a gift in your Will, please call the Fundraising Team on 01865 799150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.