Leave a gift in your Will

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Giving life after death

Leaving a gift in your Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity is a wonderful way to give life and hope, helping us continue to enhance the excellent care that takes place in our hospitals. It is very easy to do, it will be free from inheritance tax, and it is a special way of saying thank you for the care you or your loved ones have received.

Around a third of donations to Nottingham Hospitals Charity come from legacies.  No matter how large or small, they are a vital source of support and contribute hugely to improving facilities and enhancing care for patients, families and visitors at Nottingham’s hospitals.

You can choose which area of the hospital your gift goes towards. From cancer care to stroke treatment, from state-of-the-art equipment to cutting-edge medical research – you can be sure your donation will help the cause that is closest to your heart.

The Charity has been recognised for its excellent financial management for the past seven years by 360 Assurance, so you can be assured that your donation will be in safe hands.

For more information about leaving a gift in your Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, please call us on 0115 962 7905, or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk

Our promise to you

We know that writing a Will can sometimes be difficult and that complications can arise. We want to ensure that leaving a gift to Nottingham Hospitals Charity is as easy and stress-free as possible. Below are our promises to you to make sure that this happens:

Our promises to you

  1. We absolutely recognise that those closest to you come first in your Will
  2. We will never ask you the size or type of legacy if you decide to support our work this way
  3. We will never ask you to tell us your intentions, but if you do tell us your intentions, we will then able to say thank you – which is nice to do!
  4. We fully understand that personal circumstances change and there might be a time when you must take Nottingham Hospitals Charity out of your Will.
  5. We promise to use your gift wisely for the benefit of future generations

 

Why do people leave a legacy?

There are many reasons why our supporters choose to leave a gift in their Will to NotStaff phototingham’s Hospitals. One of the main reasons is so that they can say thank you for the care they or their loved ones have received.

Elizabeth Chant chose to leave an incredible legacy of £20,000 to our Haematology Day Case Unit, following the care she and her family received on the unit. Elizabeth’s brother, Roland, explains why:

“The key thing for Liz throughout the last months was that the Haematology Day Case Unit became her family. When she was being given endless blood transfusions, she relied totally on the staff there – and they never let her down. They were able to help her through the ever deepening troughs with robust good humour and genuine laughs! I cannot speak highly enough of their care”.

Alan Thomas recently left a wonderful legacy of £200 to Hayward House – our palliative care centre. Alan had been a patient at Nottingham City Hospital but decided to leave a gift in his Will to Hayward House following the care received by members of his family a few years ago. Alan’s wife, Josephine, says

Alan’s brother and my sister were both looked after at Hayward House a few years ago. The care and love they received from the staff at Hayward House was wonderful and something we never forgot. So both Alan and I decided that we would leave a legacy in our Will to help the staff at Hayward House continue their fantastic work”.

Thanks to Alan and Elizabeth’s kind generosity, future patients and staff will benefit from the improvements made possible by their legacies.

Information for Solicitors and Will-writers

Any gift left in a will, no matter how large or small, is important to Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

We always recommend to our supporters that a Will is drawn up by a legal professional so that they receive expert advice and their requests are protected and cannot be altered by others. We also advise that, where possible, the next of kin and family members are informed of our supporters decision to leave a gift in their Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

It helps to ensure that the wording of the Will is precise and clear. When helping draw up a Will , please use the following wording as a guide and reference:

I give and bequeath the sum of £…. (or I leave the residue of my Estate) to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, or its successors, for the benefit of Nottingham University Hospitals generally, without imposing trust, but with the wish that it be used for the benefit of (or for equipment, etc. for) …. Ward/ ….Department/ ….Research.

I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being to the said Nottingham Hospitals Charity shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.”

When leaving a gift in a Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, it helps if the bequest is not too specific. This is because the medical equipment the Nottingham University Hospital Trust use, and the type of treatment provided, is constantly changing.

We would be more than happy to discuss with you the wording of a Will and provide information about the work funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. For more information, please contact either:

Amanda Tindale (Senior Charity Administrator) on 0115 962 7905 ext 53234/ Amanda.Tindale@nuh.nhs.uk

Ellis Keay (Fundraising Officer) on 0115 962 7905 ext 76833 / Ellis.Keay@nuh.nhs.uk

 

Add a gift to an existing Will

If you are simply adding a gift in favour of Nottingham Hospitals Charity to an existing Will, this can be done using a ‘Codicil’. A ‘Codicil’ need not change the terms of your current Will, but can simply add a new instruction.

We strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor before making a Codicil, particularly if your Will already has Codicils.

To create a ‘Codicil’ simply download and print this form.

A few things to bear in mind:

  1. You cannot make changes or add instructions to your Will by writing or crossing anything out – these changes will not be valid.
  2. The only valid way to change/add information to a Will is through completing a Codicil.
  3. You will need to sign and date your Codicil in the presence of two witnesses, just like your Will.
  4. Do not attach the Codicil to your Will – simply keep them together. Any damage done to the Will caused by attaching additional documents may cause problems when your Will is read
  5. Send, or give, a copy of the Will (in a sealed envelope if you prefer) to your Executor or other trusted friend, with a note indicating where the original Will is held.

 

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your Will in support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity.  If you have any questions or would like any further information, you can contact us on 0115 962 7905 or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk.