Making a gift in your Will
Help us to be here for future generations affected by meningitis.
Gifts in Wills from our supporters are a vital way to help us fulfil our vision of a future where no-one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.
We understand that you will think of your loved ones first when you make your Will, but you may wish to remember us as well.
Making a Will for the first time
We recommend you consult a solicitor before you make a new Will. A solicitor will want to know what you own – property, money and possessions – as well as anything you may owe, for example mortgages or outstanding loans or credit card balances.
Before you arrange to meet a solicitor, you should also think about exactly who you would like to remember in your Will - family, friends and maybe other charities as well as Meningitis Now – and who you wish to nominate as your executors to carry out the instructions you leave.
Choosing the type of gift you wish to leave to Meningitis Now
These are the main ways you can leave a gift to us in your Will:
- A residuary gift is the remainder or a share of your estate after all other bequests and expenses have been deducted. Its value is not affected by inflation and it is therefore a simple way to finalise your estate
- A pecuniary gift is an amount of money specified in your Will
- A specific gift is a named item or items specified in your Will, for example property, jewellery, or other valuables such as stocks and shares
- Gifts in Wills to charity are free of inheritance tax, so if the value of your estate is higher than the inheritance tax threshold, a gift to charity could reduce the inheritance tax liability on your estate. If you wish to take advantage of this, you are advised to consult an inheritance tax planning specialist before you make or update your Will
Updating your existing Will
If you already have a Will and would like to change it to include Meningitis Now, you can do so by completing a simple Codicil and lodging it safely with your Will.
If your affairs are complex, you want to make a number of changes or if you originally wrote your Will more than 10 years ago, you may wish to consult a solicitor.
Leaving a gift to Meningitis Now
If you decide to leave a gift to us in your Will, a solicitor will be able to advise you on the appropriate wording. It will be helpful if you can provide our name, address and registered charity details to ensure the details in your Will are accurate:
Fern House, Bath Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3TJ
Registered charity number:
England and Wales 803016
If you have any questions or would like more information about how a gift in your Will could help support our work in the future, please call our Fundraising team on 01453 768 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.