Gifts in Wills FAQ’s

Why should I make a Will?

Making a Will provides your loved ones with guidance on your wishes after your death. This ensures that your assets are placed with those you wish them too. Without a legal Will, the law decides where your money and possessions are distributed.


How do I leave a gift to St Elizabeth Hospice?

If you’d like to leave us a gift in your will, there are a few ways this can be done:

  • A Pecuniary Gift – whereby you state a fixed sum of money to be donated to us. This can be subject to inflation so it’s worth discussing this with your solicitor to see if this is the best option for you.
  • A Specific Gift – this refers to an object or thing of value that you wish to donate to the hospice such as a piece of jewellery.
  • A Residuary Gift – this can be a percentage or fixed sum of any assets you have left once you have distributed them to family and friends.


How much does it cost to write a will?

It can vary depending on how complicated your Will is.


Do I need a solicitor to make a Will?

Using a solicitor when writing your Will ensures that it is all legally correct, ensuring that there are no issues for your family and friends in the future. You can also use a Will Writer, which will also ensure for a validated Will.


What If I can only leave a small amount?

We are very grateful for any gift we receive, large or small. Every donation to the hospice ensures that we can continue to provide care and support for our patients and their families for years to come.


What’s the basic info I need to include?

Details to include when including us in your Will;

St Elizabeth Hospice (Suffolk)

565 Foxhall Road



Charity Number - 289154


Do I need to tell you if I’ve left a gift to St Elizabeth Hospice in my Will?

You’re not obligated to let us know, but if you do, it gives us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity.

Use our pledge form to let us know about your gift or email


Would it be better to donate now?

We’re always grateful for any donation at any time. However, leaving a gift in your Will provides us with donations for future patients we haven’t met yet.


How will St Elizabeth Hospice use my gift?

1 in 5 of our patients’ care is paid for by a gift in a person’s will. It’s your generosity that ensures that we can continue to care for our patients in the many ways we do. We would recommend leaving an unrestricted gift as this allows us to place your gift in an area that needs it most.


What if I already have a Will?

If you already have an existing Will and would like to include us in it, you will need to use a Codicil to make this amendment. We recommend consulting with your solicitor when making any changes to ensure it doesn’t invalidate your Will.


Will my gift be confidential?

This is entirely up to you and we will respect your wishes regarding confidentiality with your gift.

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