Talking about Wills can make us feel uncomfortable. According to statistics released in 2017, six out of ten Britons do not have a Will. Many people assume that when the day comes, family and friends will be able to decide what happens to the assets. Sadly, this may not be the case.
We do not claim to be experts on Wills but if you are interested in reading more about the wider subject of Will making, there is a fantastic guide from the MoneyAdviceService here.
If you are on this page, we hope that you may consider leaving a legacy to Leukaemia Care in your will when you make one, or when you choose to update your Will.
A gift of just 1% will make a real difference to supporting our charitable work.
Why leave a gift to Leukaemia Care?
Leave a lasting legacy that will support anybody affected by a leukaemia diagnosis long into the future.
Quite simply, we cannot do what we do without your help. It’s the kindness, compassion and selflessness of people who have left money in their Wills which allows us to support anybody affected by a blood cancer year after year.
Each year, approximately 9,500 people will be told they have a leukaemia. That’s one person every twenty minutes. We are here for them all.
Fantastic treatments are being developed for leukaemias. This means there are more and more people living with a blood cancer, beyond a blood cancer and the wider effects of treatment. Once a person is affected by a blood cancer, they can reach out to Leukaemia Care and receive support until they no longer need us. Some people are a part of our charity until their final days.
In the future, we hope there is a world without blood cancers like leukaemias. However, until that day comes, we need to be there for anybody that is affected by this diagnosis. We will continue to work with health care professionals to raise awareness of the disease at its early stages. We will also continue to research and develop support services which are tailored to the needs of patients and their loved ones.
Without Government or lottery funding, Leukaemia Care is reliant on fundraisers to keep these vital services going. In 2017, legacies represented approximately 20% of all of our funding.
The most wonderful gift you can make to support these people, won’t cost you a penny in your lifetime. Your legacy is our future.
What information do I need to include when I’m leaving a gift in my Will to Leukaemia Care?
The most important bits of information to include are our name, address and registered charity number. You would need to say:
“I leave Leukaemia Care (Registered Charity Number 118389 ,Scotland Registered Charity Number SC049802, Leukaemia Care, One Birch Court, Blackpole East, Worcester, WR3 8SG)…” Followed by the details of your personal gift.
Is leaving a Gift in my Will right for me if I don’t have much to give?
At Leukaemia Care we receive no Government funding and rely solely on donations and the commitment of our volunteers and fundraisers to raise money for us. This is why every single gift we receive is greatly apreciated and can make a big difference to those we support. Just £300 could help to fund 10 of our support groups; a place for patients and relatives to go where they can meet others. You can also choose to donate a specific item, such as an antique or piece of artwork.
Can I choose what my gift is spent on?
Yes you can. Whilst we welcome gifts that can be used for general funds, we are also very happy to accept gifts for a particular use. That means you can choose precisely where and what your money is spent on.
Is it better to give to you now, rather then when I die?
We are grateful for all gifts, no matter when they are received. Some people choose to help us throughout their lifetime as well as a Gift in their Will. Some people are unable to support us as much as they wish in their lifetime but leave us a share of their assets to support us in the future.
Should I tell you that you are in my Will?
Your Will is a private document and it is completely up to you whether you wish to share the contents of it with anyone, including us. However, if you choose to tell us, it means we are able to thank you for your generosity.