Frequently asked questions
Leaving a Gift in Your Will
Money left to Willow Wood Hospice in the form of legacies forms a vital part of our funding and helps to ensure that we can continue to develop our work and help more patients and their families in the years to come. If you would like to help ensure that the Hospice is here for future generations, providing unique and special care for those with a life-limiting illness then please consider leaving a gift to the Hospice.
Why Make a Will?
Many people believe if they don't have many assets, or if they're married or have children, they don't need a Will as everything will automatically be transferred over to their loved ones. The truth is, almost everybody needs a Will to fend off unforeseen circumstances and expenses. No matter how old, everyone should have a professionally written, up-to-date Will. Wills are important to make sure that your loved ones are cared and provided for, and it will guarantee that any wishes you had during your lifetime are carried out after you are no longer here.
Leaving a Gift to Willow Wood
We make no charge for any of the services we provide to patients and families at the time they need it most. One way you can support us and help to ensure that we are here for generations to come is to leave a gift to Willow Wood Hospice in your Will. Your gift, however big or small, will be a lasting reminder of your support for the work we do, and will help to provide the care and support desperately needed by those who are faced with making life-changing decisions of their own. By leaving Willow Wood a gift in your Will you'll be enabling us to plan for our future, just as making your Will ensures those you love are looked after too.
How to Make a Will
Making a Will ensures that your wishes will be carried out when you are no longer around. We strongly recommend that you see a solicitor to ensure your Will is legally binding, and to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.
If you decide to leave a gift to Willow Wood Hospice there are several different ways you can do so:
- Pecuniary Legacy
A gift of a fixed sum of money to a named person or organisation.
- Specific Legacy
A gift of a particular item (not money), such as jewellery to a named person or organisation.
- Residuary Legacy
After all pecuniary and specific bequests have been made and your expenses accounted for, the remainder of your estate is known as the residue. This should be covered by a Residuary Bequest otherwise the law determines its outcome. The residue can be split between family, friends and your favourite causes.
How to Amend an Existing Will
Again we strongly recommend you see a solicitor should you wish to amend an existing Will.
Changes affecting your personal circumstances occur all the time such as the arrival of children. Did you know that you can alter an existing Will by adding what is known as a codicil to make alterations, including adding new beneficiaries? Your Codicil must be signed by you and witnessed in the same way as your original Will. Codicils are generally used for straightforward changes. If a complicated change is involved, it is usually advisable to make a new Will.
Below is a suggestion on how to word a legacy, but we do strongly recommend that you consult an appropriate professional to ensure that the Will is legally binding and that your wishes are carried out, especially where a codicil is concerned.
I give to Tameside and Glossop Hospice Ltd (known as Willow Wood Hospice) Registered charity number 1029318 [either] the sum of £ [insert sum] [or] [insert specific gift e.g. jewellery] [or] all the residue of my estate [or] one [insert a share e.g. 5%] share of the residue of my estate for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Finance Director, Chief Executive or other proper person at Willow Wood Hospice shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.
The Hospice's Fundraising Team are not qualified to provide legal or financial advice, however they will be able to answer any general questions people may have about gifts in Wills. They can also tell you more about the kind of work your legacy gift could help to fund. If you would like to speak to a member of the Fundraising Team about leaving a gift and specifically how leaving a gift to Willow Wood will help us care for future generations then please contact the Hospice Appeals Office on 0161 330 7788