“A gift of just 1% will make a real difference”
We know that your first priority when making a Will is to provide for your loved ones, but many people find that even after they have done this they can leave something to a cause they hold dear.
Leaving St. Luke’s Hospice a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support us. It costs nothing during your lifetime but will have a powerful impact for years to come.
Why gifts in wills matter
St. Luke’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people living in the Basildon and Thurrock districts with any life threatening, life limiting disease.
It costs over £5.5 million every year to keep all of our services open. Although some funding is received from CCG’s (NHS), St. Luke’s still has to raise the majority of income needed each year.
You may be surprised to hear, almost 1 in 10 of our patients are cared for as a result of legacy gifts.
If St. Luke’s Hospice is to continue supporting the people of Basildon and Thurrock, it is vital that our supporters continue to remember us in this special way.
If you choose to leave a gift to St. Luke’s Hospice in your Will, your gift will make a real difference to those that need our support in the future.
Ways to leave a gift in your Will
You do not have to be rich to leave a gift to St. Luke’s Hospice. There are a number of different ways you can remember St. Luke’s Hospice in your Will, depending on your circumstances. It does not have to be a large amount, because every penny makes a difference. Your gift can be anything you choose, from a cash sum, or a part or the whole of your remaining estate once other gifts and expenses have been paid.
You can leave a share of your assets
A good way to help is to leave a percentage of what is left of your estate or assets, after other gifts (and debts) have been paid. This is known as a ‘residuary bequest’. If you have already made a Will, but want to add a residuary gift to St. Luke’s Hospice, your solicitor can advise you on how you can do this without affecting the specific gifts you leave your family and friends. Also, inflation will not erode the value of residuary gifts over the years.
You can leave a fixed sum of money
You may wish to leave us a stated sum of money. This kind of gift is known as a pecuniary bequest. Alternatively, if you are concerned that inflation may erode your gift over the years, then it is also possible to leave an index linked pecuniary gift in your Will.
You can leave a specific item of value
You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewelry.
Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift. We have listed some useful downloads below including some examples of wording you might consider.
‘Make a Will Fortnight’
‘Make a Will Fortnight’ is our annual Will writing initiative which will be held during 17th – 28th September 2018.
A number of local solicitors are kindly giving their time and expertise to write a standard Will or update an existing Will in exchange for a donation given to St. Luke’s Hospice.
The minimum suggested donation is £100 for a standard single Will, £175 for a pair of standard mirror Wills and £50 for a codicil to an existing Will.
For more information on ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ please click here
This year’s participating solicitors include:
- Palmers Solicitors, Basildon
- Palmers Solicitors, Chafford Hundred
- Birkett Long Solicitors, Basildon
- Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors, Billericay
- Hattens Solicitors, Grays
- Rainer Hughes Solicitors, Shenfield
- Andrew Hurrell Solicitors, Thorpe Bay
- Andrew Hurrell Solicitors, Hadleigh
- Hillman Legal Partnerships Ltd, home visits only
If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to St. Luke’s Hospice or have any questions, please contact Legacy and In Memory Coordinator, Rebecca Rowley on 01268 524973 or email RebeccaRowley@stlukeshospice.co.uk