Make a gift in your Will

When making a Will we know your family and loved ones are your priority. However after taking into account their needs would you consider making a gift to St Elizabeth Hospice?

Leaving a gift to the hospice in your Will is a great way to ensure that we can continue to make a difference not only now, but in the future. Just as gifts in Wills pledged in the past are supporting our work today, gifts pledged today will ensure that we will be there to provide our specialised care services for future generations too.

The hospice is an independent charity and our services are provided free of charge, however they are not free to provide, and we need to raise millions of pounds every year to continue to provide local hospice care for local people. We receive around a fifth of our funding from gifts in Wills and without this type of funding we simply couldn’t provide all our services.

For some people, leaving a gift in their Will is a way of remembering a loved one. You could specify that a St Elizabeth Tribute Fund is established in memory of your loved one and this could be used to continue to raise money far into the future.

Making a Will is the first step if you are considering leaving a gift to the hospice. If you already have a Will you can speak to your solicitor about amending it.

To find out more about how gifts in Wills have helped our patients, click here.

Why make a Will?

A Will is vital if you wish to be certain as to who will benefit from your money and other possessions when you die. Without a Will the law provides as to who gets what and this may not reflect your real wishes. For example, some people incorrectly assume that on their death everything they own will automatically go to their partner. However, this is not invariably the case and making a Will guarantees your wishes will be met.

In addition, a Will allows you to specify funeral arrangements and to ensure those that you care about, especially children, are provided for and it will give you the opportunity to appoint a guardian for your children. 

Having your Will professionally written may also help you to reduce Inheritance Tax. 

Absence of a Will can cause a great deal of anxiety and worry for your loved ones at the distressing and difficult time of your death. Everyone who is aged 18 or over is entitled to make a Will, so for the sake of the people and charities you care about, it is important you have a valid Will.

To find out more about gifts in Wills or our annual legacy events where you can find out more about the services provided by St Elizabeth Hospice, contact our legacy team on 01473 723600 or email legacies@stelizabethhospice.org.uk.