Gifts in wills

Many people choose to help us fund future care by deciding to leave a legacy to Cransley Hospice Trust in their Will.

After providing for your family and friends, you may like to consider leaving a lasting gift to a cause close to your heart or simply because you admire the work that they do.

A gift to Cransley Hospice in your Will can make a vital difference to those affected by cancer and other life limiting illness in the future and help ensure that we are able to provide ongoing care.

Gifts in Wills provide a large proportion of our income and we genuinely couldn’t fund vital services that support patients and their families, such as the In Patient unit, Hospice at Home and the Lymphoedema service without you and your desire to leave a lasting imprint on our future.

Leaving a gift in your Will, is a way you can support Cransley Hospice Trust even if you are unable to donate to us at the moment. Your gift, however large or small, will help us to continue to fund the vital services provided by the Hospice. Just 1% of your Will could have a significant impact on the care of future patients so please consider supporting us in this way.

To find out more about remembering Cransley Hospice Trust in your Will, please contact us.

For help and advice on how to leave a donation in your Will, we always recommend you use a qualified solicitor and discuss your specific wishes with them. However to help you we have produced some information - please see below.

Can I add Cransley Hospice Trust to my existing will?

Fortunately, making changes to an existing will is very straightforward. If you want to add us to an existing Will, your solicitor simply attaches a written instruction, called a codicil. This must be done by your solicitor - don't make changes yourself as you may inadvertently invalidate your Will. The codicil will need the signature of two independent witnesses. If there are a number of changes you want to make, it may be beneficial to make a new Will. We would always advise seeking guidance from your solicitor to do this.

A codicil form gives you a simple way to make small changes to your existing Will. We would always recommend using a qualified solicitor when doing so.

Please include our name, our address and our registered charity number as shown below:

Cransley Hospice Trust
John Notley Building
St Mary’s Hospital London Road
Kettering NN15 7PW
Registered Charity Number 1151018

The two main types of legacies that people leave are residuary and pecuniary.

A residuary legacy is when a person leaves a percentage of their estate to a charity. This means that, however much your estate is ultimately worth, you ensure your loved ones are looked after as well as giving a gift to your chosen charity. It also means you don't have to keep altering your Will as your circumstances change.

A pecuniary legacy is a set sum of money.

With a properly worded legacy, you can be safe in the knowledge that, should your circumstances change, your Will automatically takes account of this. This gives you the assurance that you are able to look after yourself, friends and family whilst also knowing that you will still be doing something for your chosen charity if there is any money left over after you die.

Gifts to charities in your will are generally exempt from inheritance tax. If you leave a charitable gift it will be deducted from your estate before inheritance tax liability is calculated.