We are grateful to receive any type of gift to Thames Hospice, there are 3 types of gift in Wills.
A share of an estate –this is called a
‘residuary gift’, it’s a percentage of your estate. One of the advantages of a residuary legacy is that it has the benefit of being inflation-proof and means you’re less likely to need to update your Will in the future.
A specific sum of money -this is called a pecuniary gift
A specific legacy - this is a gift of a particular item, such as a car, property or jewellery
Write a new Will or update an existing Will
Get professional advice from a trusted solicitor when writing your Will. You can find a list of solicitors with recognised expertise in Will writing on the Law Society’s website. Thames Hospice works with expert local solicitors and some offer free simple Wills to our patients. Please call us on 01753 847308 for a list.
Write or update your Will for free with Farewill
We have teamed up with Farewill, one of the UK’s leading Will writing services, to help you write or update a simple Will for free. A gift of even 1% of your estate can make a difference and help to ensure we can care for local families when they are facing great pain and loss. There is no obligation to leave a gift to us in your Will. However, we hope that once you have looked after your loved ones, that you will consider remembering Thames Hospice too.
Online - Get started making your Will online at www.farewill.com/thames-web and enter the code thames-web when you reach the checkout to claim this service for free.
If you require a complex Will, Farewill can support complex Will writing over the phone. There is a £200pp cost to add an unlimited number of complex clauses to the Will, and the Will is completed by a highly experienced specialist.
By phone - If you would prefer to write a simple free Will over the phone, you can book a call with a specialist and they will take you through the whole process from start to finish, call 020 8016 3972.
Thank you for considering Thames Hospice in your Will.
Thames Hospice’s promises to you
Our gifts in Will promises to you:
• We understand that your loved ones will always come first
• We won't ask you about the size or type of your gift
• We respect your right to change your mind
• Your gift will be used to support our area of greatest need
What information is needed to include a gift in my Will?
To include Thames Hospice in your Will please use our charity name, address and registered charity number, which will ensure your gift reaches us in the future.
All gifts to charity are exempt from inheritance tax. If you leave 10% or more of your estate to charities, it will reduce the amount of rate of inheritance tax (36% instead of 40%) on the rest of your estate. Please speak to your solicitor for legal advice.
Can I write my own Will?
Yes, however the danger is that you may overlook something that will either create confusion or affect the impact of inheritance tax. For example, you could express a wish that is not legally enforceable.
That is why we have partnered with Farewill, where a Will adviser will review your Will for free and highlight anything that isn’t clear.
What if I want to change my Will at a later date?
That is perfectly fine. Solicitors normally advise you to review your Will every few years to make sure that it doesn’t become out of date and that it reflects your changing circumstances. Ensure your Will is up to date by either writing a new one or amending and updating your existing one using a codicil. Get in touch for more information.
Should I tell you that I've left a gift in my Will?
There is absolutely no obligation to tell us that you have left Thames Hospice a gift in your Will and any pledge you make is not legally binding. However, if you would like to let us know that you have remembered us in your Will, we’d love to hear from you so that we can thank you. Please let us know by contacting our team.
Contact our gifts in Wills team
If you have any questions about how your gift can help more patients in the future, please get in touch with Alice from our Gifts in Wills Team.
Our services are free of charge to all those in our community who need vital hospice care but this is only made possible through the charitable support and generosity of our amazing community. We need to raise £38,363 each day to fund our services 365 days a year to the people who need us most.
We’ve never needed you, our wonderful supporters, more than we need you today. Please donate what you can to help keep hospice care available for those in desperate need.