Mary and Howard’s story
One family who have chosen to make a difference in the future through remembering us in their wills is our Community Ambassador Mary Garley and her husband Howard.
“We lost our granddaughter, Maisie, in 2008, to meningitis; she was just eight months old. She was taken to hospital early in the morning of 15 October and sent home after being told it was just a virus.
“That afternoon she was taken to another hospital and diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. She was sent late that night to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her little body could not take any more and she left us on the morning of 16 October. Just 24 hours and she was gone.
“Meningitis Now was there for our family at the time and since and everything we do now is for Maisie and to remember her. She’s still with us in spirit and amongst our other support for the charity, which includes donating on Maisie’s birthday and at Christmas when our other grandchildren get presents, we wanted to do something extra special in her honour.
“At the time of making our wills we immediately thought to leave a gift to charity and it was straightforward to include Meningitis Now.
“We are now safe in the knowledge that our wishes will be passed on to make a positive and lasting difference for others and that Maisie’s name will live on through that gift.
“I’d encourage everyone to consider doing the same.”
How to leave a gift in your will
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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. 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
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 email@example.com.