Should I have a will?
Having a will is a personal choice, but is a good idea. Making a will can give you peace of mind, knowing that your savings and possessions will be passed on to the people and causes you care about the most. Without a will, the state will divide your savings and possessions up as it sees fit. Having a will makes it easier for you family and friends after you die and avoids any conflict. Writing a will does not have to be expensive or complicated.
Can I leave a donation to Peaches Womb Cancer Trust in my will?
It is your decision how you wish your assets to be divided, and so you are free to leave a gift to charity if you want to. A gift as special as this, no matter how small, can really make a huge difference to us. If you wish to leave a gift to Peaches Womb Cancer Trust in your will, there are three ways to do this:
- Residuary legacy- This is where a gift or percentage of what is left is shared with Peaches Womb Cancer Trust after all other gifts and costs have been made. Your family and friends will be provided for first.
- Pecuniary legacy- This is a fixed sum of money
- Specific legacy- This is a gift of a particular item, for example jewellery
Do I need a Solicitor to make or amend my will?
It is advisable to use a solicitor when writing or amending your will. This ensures that the will is written correctly and will be valid. If you already have a will, you can amend this using a codial, which is a document that alters or adds to your will. In order for this to be valid, it needs to be drawn up in the same way as a will and therefore a solicitor is advisable. To find a solicitor, you may find the following links useful:
England and Wales- www.lawsociety.org.uk
Northern Ireland- www.lawsoc-ni.org
Can I specify how my gift is used?
If you wish to specify how you want your gift to be used, then you should express this clearly in your will. We are duty bound to use the funds you have gifted for this purpose only. If we are unable to use the funds for this specified purpose, for example if that purpose has already been fulfilled, then we must notify the Charity Commission to get permission to use the funds for another purpose. This will be as close as possible to how you originally wanted your donation to be used.
- A memory- After losing a loved one, we understand that during this painful time you may find it difficult to know how best to honour their memory and celebrate their life. Many people find that fundraising is an inspiring and worthwhile way of creating a lasting memory. Giving in memory helps us support and continue to improve the lives of those with womb cancer, and many families find great comfort in honouring their loved on in such a way. We are continually grateful for these gifts and to be there with you as you celebrate the life and memory of one so special to you
- Funeral collection – A funeral is an opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the life of a loved one, and often, people are choosing to ask for donations rather than flowers, in order to create a lasting meaningful memory. If you wish to ask for donations on behalf of Peaches Womb Cancer Trust, we can help support you by providing envelopes for donations (including a Gift Aid form, allowing us to claim an extra 25p for every £1 at no extra cost to your family and friends), pin badges (recommended £1 donation) and collection boxes. We can also provide information so that your family and friends can read about how their donation will help others. For more information or to request these materials, please e-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org