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Gift in your Will

A gift in your Will costs nothing in your lifetime but can make a big difference to the quality of medical treatments and care received by others.

More than a quarter of the Royal Free Charity’s income now comes from gifts in Wills from our supporters and plays an increasingly important role in improving patient lives.
 
Your support will enable future generations to benefit from pioneering medical research and improvements in patient care at the Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals.   Recent gifts have helped fund new research initiatives into renal and bladder disease, as well as research into new treatments for patients with breast and pancreatic cancers.

Bequests have also enabled us to transform the children’s outpatient clinic into a colourful and cheerful environment with fun art work,  and have been used to provide stress-reducing massage therapies for patients receiving treatments and care for conditions such as cancer, leukaemia and dementia.

Making a gift in your Will to the Royal Free Charity, no matter how large or small, is a straightforward way to make a real difference for future patients.  For advice or more information please contact Fred Adams (Trusts and Legacies Manager) on 020 7317 7772 or at fred.adams@nhs.net

How to leave the Royal Free Charity a gift in your Will

We are always extremely appreciative of any gift and are happy to ensure that a gift in a Will is spent in accordance with any expressed wishes to support a particular area of the Royal Free Charity’s work.

Advancements in research and patient care invariably happen over the years however, and we certainly hope that you live for many more years at the time of making your will.  Making a more general gift may ultimately enable the Royal Free Charity to use it to greater long-term impact for patients.

Whether you already have a Will or not, leaving a gift in a Will to the Royal Free Charity is usually a straightforward process with the help of a solicitor.

What type of gift should I leave?

There are three main ways in which people commonly choose to leave a gift to the Royal Free Charity in their Will:

• a cash gift: you can choose to give a fixed amount of money,  known as a “pecuniary” gift. 
• a percentage of your estate: you can choose to leave a share of what is left in your estate after you have provided for your family and friends, known as a “residuary” gift.
• a specific gift: you can leave an item or items of value such as jewellery, artwork, buildings, land or investments such as shares.

Leaving a residuary gift is the most commonly preferred option because it means that you don’t have to change your Will later if your circumstances change.

Recommended wording

If you want to leave a gift in your Will to support work of the Royal Free, Barnet or Chase Farm Hospitals, it is essential to include the full name of the Royal Free Charity, address and registered charity number to make sure that your gift reaches us.

We therefore recommend the following wording for the different types of legacy gift you might want to consider leaving to the Royal Free Charity:

1. Residuary gift (a share of your estate) 
I give […]% of the residue of my real and personal estate to the Royal Free Charity (Registered Charity Number 1165672) of Pond Street, London NW3 2QG  (for the work of ….. - area of work that you wish to support, if any). The receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of the Royal Free Charity shall be a complete discharge to my executors.

2. Pecuniary gift (a set sum)
I give the sum of [...in words] pounds (£… in figures) to the Royal Free Charity (Registered Charity Number 1165672) of Pond Street, London NW3 2QG (for the work of ….. - area of work that you wish to support, if any).  The receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the Royal Free Charity shall be a complete discharge to my executors.

3. Specific legacy gift (a named item)
I give to the Royal Free Charity (Registered Charity Number 1165672) of Pond Street, London NW3 2QG absolutely, my […name and description of item].

Making or Updating Your Will

Why do I need a Will? 

Making a Will is the only way to be certain that your money and possessions go to the people and causes you care about. If you die without a valid Will your entire estate, depending on your circumstances, could be passed on to the Crown.

This can happen if you haven’t made a Will, have cancelled your Will, or your Will has been incorrectly signed or witnessed making it invalid. If you do not have a Will, we recommend that you use a solicitor or professional Will writing service when making your Will to ensure it is legal and valid.

Whilst we cannot recommend any one solicitor or service, you can find a list of local solicitors here (link).

I already have a Will, do I need to update it?

If your personal or financial circumstances change, you should review your Will to make sure it still accurately reflects your wishes for your loved ones.  Changes that could affect your Will could relate to marital status or separation, a family birth or death, or moving house or moving abroad.

Changing your Will could also reflect a wish to include a particular charity.  If you would simply like to add a gift in your Will for the Royal Free Charity, you can do so using by using a Codicil form.

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