Exercise your free will
It’s easy to leave a gift in your will.
We’ve teamed up with trusted online partners Bequeathed and leading law firm and our long-standing supporter Irwin Mitchell to provide a quick and easy way for you to leave your own special legacy to the world. So, if your dream, like ours, is to make meningitis a disease of the past and you’d like to be part of our future as we work towards this fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch.
Family and friends first
We recognise that it’s important to look after your family and friends first and foremost in your will. And we know that including a charity in it is a big decision. Of course, you want to get it right and not rush into anything.
One family who have chosen to make a difference in the future is our Community Ambassador Mary Garley and her husband Howard.
Mary and Howard's story
“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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Amending an existing will
Circumstances change, and people often need to amend their Wills. If you want to make a minor changes by adding a charitable gift you may be able do it with a codicil form. However we recommend contacting one of our team who will be happy to guide you.
Do you have a dependent with a learning disability?
It is vital that you make a will that includes specific trust structure to protect any dependent with a learning disability and their financial future. This is known as a disabled Persons Trust. Both our partner organisations offer this specialised service and will be happy to help you. Please be advised as this is a specialised service there will be an additional charge and is beyond the scope of the free will service.
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.